George Bush actually said "If you're not with us you are with the terrorists".
Which has a completely different meaning.
In saying this, he stopped any possible form of opposition to his planned "war on terror", no matter how innocent or minor that opposition was.
It is true what you say, that any opposition would be unpatriotic, amounting to being an enemy of the state.
In Germany where I live, many friends of mine were completely stunned by GWB's statement.
Because basically it meant we could not show our concerns about where America was heading after 9/11, without being accused of conspiring with the terrorists.
Our media also voiced their concerns about this, even saying that democracy, and freedom of speech was being threatened.
In the end, everyone here chose to deliberately ignore Bush, his statement had the opposite effect, in that we became very wary of this man and his administration.
Our doubts were well founded, as history now shows !
When the Bush administration chose to invade Iraq, we chose to stay out of this conflict.
We were even then very dubious about the reasons for this invasion, many of us truly believing it was "unfinished" Bush family business.
Our media began to question Bush's motives, even analising his personal life in great detail, his problems with alcohol, but especially his relationship with his own father.
It was concluded, and generally accepted here, that GW Bush had a severe inferiority complex with his father throughout his whole life, which led to him trying to outdo him at every opportunity he could.
He had yearned for attention from his father his whole childhood, but his dad never reciprocated, only criticizing his son whenever he could. This is well known and well documented.
It was probably the main reason he started to drink heavily later in life.
We also believe it was his reason for invading Iraq.
What better way to outdo his father than to get rid of Saddam Hussein, something his father had failed to do.
In addition, the fervor following 9/11, and the war with Iraq, were the only reasons Bush Jnr. was elected for a second term of office. This election victory must have pleased him the most in his one-upmanship contest with his dad. I can never forget the cheesy grin on his face when he realised this victory.
If you have doubts about my answer, then just ask yourself the following queastions ?
How many terrorists were in Iraq when Saddam Hussein was in power ?
Why was Iraq invaded first, and not Afghanistan, where Al Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden were known to be hiding ?
Why wasn't the war on terror aimed directly at Al Qaeda from the very beginning, concentrating only in the places where they were known to be ?
Why was the bulk of the US military used exclusively against Iraq, and very little actually used against Al Qaeda in Afghanistan ?
Why the "patriot act" ?
Where are all these weapons of mass destruction ?
Why the lies about these weapons, that led to the Iraq invasion ?
Why did the Bush administation make it impossible for themselves to be questioned about any of this in the US parliament, by legally protecting themselves with a life-long immunity ?
And last but not least....
Is Iraq a better place now after the war ?