In those wars we fought against European tyrants and their allies, from the Kaiser to Hitler to Lenin, Stalin, and their heirs. We fought them because we knew that our survival was at stake. The tyrants would never stop attacking until they had defeated us, or we had defeated them. ~Sen. Rick Santorum(07/20/06)

I know this is a bit like kicking a guy when he’s down, but in searching for a transcript of his latest “gathering storm” speech I came across this oldie-but-goodie from earlier in the year.  Does Sen. Santorum really believe that WWI was a war for “our survival”?  Does he think that Kaiser Wilhelm and Bethmann-Hollweg were plotting the conquest and partition of the United States?  Does he think the Kaiser was a worse “tyrant” than Woodrow Wilson or Lloyd George, and if he does, can he explain why he thinks this?