Dolchstoßlegende translated means stab-in-the-back myth, the myth that was propagated in Germany after World War 1 and which brought on World War 2. The Social Democrats and others (Jews!) were to blame, not the Rightist politicians who championed the war.
This is being recapitulated now, an American version of the old stab-in-the-back myth: if only the American people had supported the war, we would have won. Here’s John McCain in a recent Jim Lehrer interview: our Achilles’ heel in Iraq is… well, we the people of the United States and our growing impatience with the war.
So, who is to blame? We are!
What leading presidential candidate, Republican or Democrat, dares to be labeled “defeatist” by calling for a major withdrawal of U.S. troops in 2008? Well, there’s Ron Paul, Dennis Kucinich, Bill Richardson, but are they leading candidates? Incidentally, this is why I changed to GO Bill GO from GO John GO.
Read all about it in a great, courageous article by William J. Astore, a retired lieutenant colonel (USAF) with a doctorate in modern history from Oxford who has taught at the Air Force Academy and the Naval Postgraduate School.