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Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Monday, January 10, 2005

Quotes of the Morning: The War With Terror

“It’s safe to say that the majority of Iraqi Shiites appreciate the American gift of ‘democracy,’ which many of them oversimplify to mean strict majority rule.”
-NBC News, January 7, 2005

“My God… The Iraqi Shiite’s are apparently Republicans!”

“In the latest changes at the Central Intelligence Agency, Porter J. Goss, the new chief, has named a new deputy director for intelligence and has abolished a daily 5 p.m. meeting that had been used since the Sept. 11 attacks to coordinate counterterrorism operations around the world, intelligence officials said on Tuesday.
The move appears to reflect what Mr. Goss has publicly said was his concern that the C.I.A. under Mr. Tenet may have devoted too much time and resources to terrorism at the expense of other issues.”
-New York Times, January 5, 2005

“You see, the election is over and there isn’t really a need for terrorism any more. That’s why we had alert after alert back in the months before the election, but not even a warning during New Year’s Eve or Christmas. Amazing how that works, isn’t it?”

“What to do about the deepening quagmire of Iraq? The Pentagon’s latest approach is being called ‘the Salvador option’ - and the fact that it is being discussed at all is a measure of just how worried Donald Rumsfeld really is.
One military source involved in the Pentagon debate agrees that this is the crux of the problem, and he suggests that new offensive operations are needed that would create a fear of aiding the insurgency. ‘The Sunni population is paying no price for the support it is giving to the terrorists,’ he said. ‘From their point of view, it is cost-free. We have to change that equation.’"
-Newsweek, January 9, 2005

“Oops. Spoke too soon. Creating fear in a civilian population.. We still have a need for terrorism I guess, except now it seems that we need to be the terrorists. I mean, after all, we already have torture under our belts in this war. I guess a few death squads won’t change the Iraqi opinion of us too much. Does anyone else remember how offended we all used to get when it was implied that the U.S. was capable of stuff like this? Back when we were the moral nation that had its flaws, but could always be counted on to try to do the right thing? Way back about four years ago?”


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