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Four Color Politics

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

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Quotes of the Morning

“Remember a few days ago and the discussion about this administration’s plans to have the biggest balls ever seen at the coronation.. um.. I mean inauguration? Well, guess who gets to pay for them?”

“D.C. officials said yesterday that the Bush administration is refusing to reimburse the District for most of the costs associated with next week's inauguration, breaking with precedent and forcing the city to divert $11.9 million from homeland security projects.”
-Washington Post, January 11, 2005

“Traditionally all of the costs of the inauguration are paid by private donors. See, the threat of terror must be over if they’re willing to make the city use Homeland Security money to pay for their coronation party. I know I’ll sleep easier. I guess that they figured it must be safe since they officially quit looking for Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq yesterday..”

"Based on what we know today, the president would have taken the same action because this is about protecting the American people."
-White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan, January 12, 2005

“Um.. Scotty? There was no danger to the American people from Saddam. There were no WMD. There was no nuclear program. There were no links to Al Qaeda.”

"Saddam Hussein is a man who told the world he wouldn't have weapons of mass destruction, but he's got them."
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, November 3, 2002

"Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. There is no doubt he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies, and against us."
-Dick Cheney, August 26, 2002

"The problem here is that there will always be some uncertainty about how quickly he can acquire nuclear weapons. But we don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud."
-Condoleezza Rice, September 8, 2002

"After 11 years during which we have tried containment, sanctions, inspections, even selected military action, the end result is that Saddam Hussein still has chemical and biological weapons and is increasing his capabilities to make more."
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, October 7, 2002

“And then…”

"Although we have not found stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction, we were right to go into Iraq. ... We removed a declared enemy of America who had the capability of producing weapons of mass murder."
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, July 12, 2004.

"We got it wrong. We have seen nothing to suggest that he had actual stockpiles."
-Colin Powell, October 1, 2004.

"We were all unhappy that the intelligence was not as good as we had thought that it was. But the essential judgment was absolutely right. Saddam Hussein was a threat."
-Condoleeza Rice, October 3, 2004.

"It turns out that we have not found weapons of mass destruction. Why the intelligence proved wrong I'm not in a position to say, but the world is a lot better off with Saddam Hussein in jail."
-Donald Rumsfeld, October 4, 2004.

"He retained the knowledge, the materials, the means and the intent to produce weapons of mass destruction and he could have passed that knowledge on to our terrorist enemies."
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, Oct. 7, 2004.

“Yep. And apparently, according to Scotty, Bush would do it all over again if he could. The laughter. The games. The looking for WMD under his chair. The shoving of glow sticks into prisoner orifices. Oh yes.. Good times, good times.”

“At the urging of the White House, congressional leaders scrapped a legislative measure last month that would have imposed new restrictions on the use of extreme interrogation measures by American intelligence officers, The New York Times reported Wednesday.”
-Reuters, January 13, 2005

“So we can officially keep piling naked prisoners into huge pyramids and doing all of the other lovely things that were, if I remember correctly, just the actions of a ‘few bad apples’ at Abu Ghraib. God Bless America.”


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