Keep in mind this is what we can look forward to and apparantly truth alone is not enough to counter it. Keep this in mind when the GOP tells you the NY Times commits treason everytime it publishes an article exposing erosions of civil liberties, or when someone asks why Lamont over Joe "we criticize the president at our peril" Lieberman. The ground work is being laid.
The Harper's article discusses the origins of the myth and its adoption by the GOP's right wing beginning as far back as Yalta. Even as a young teen, I recognized the historical parallel in how some were claming the United States were blaming the loss in Vietnam on liberals, hippies, Democrats. Like many others, I fully expect Iraq to be substituted for Vietnam with bloggers being substituted for hippies in this story of how Iraq really wasn't a rightwing FUBAR nightmare. However, I never appreciated how long the GOP wingnuts have been using this myth and how versatile it is until I read Baker's article.