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Four Color Politics

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

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Quotes of the Morning

"If you feed a terrorist or fund a terrorist, you're a terrorist"
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush

"U.S. officials held secret talks in Iraq with the commanders of several Iraqi insurgent groups recently in an attempt to open a dialogue with them, a British newspaper reported Sunday.
The commanders 'apparently came face to face' with four American officials during meetings on June 3 and June 13 at a summer villa near Balad, about 25 miles north of Baghdad, the Iraqi capital, according to The Sunday Times."
-Associated Press, June 26, 2005

MR. RUSSERT: The Times of London reports this morning that there have been two meetings between Iraqi and U.S. officials and some members of the insurgency. Is that accurate?
SEC'Y RUMSFELD: Oh, I would doubt it. I think there have probably been many more than that...... They're not going to try to bring in the people with blood on their hands, for sure, but they certainly are reaching out continuously, and we help to facilitate those from time to time.
-Meet the Press, June 26, 2005

“Um.. If we’re meeting with the insurgency, and the insurgents are the ‘front line on the war on terror’ (in other words, terrorists), doesn’t that mean that our government is negotiating with terrorists?”

"I must say, I've been impressed how overblown these meetings are, these, quote-unquote, meetings. I don't know anything about specific meetings on specific days, nor does General Casey, but there are meetings going on all the time between people in Iraq and other people in Iraq, attempting to get them to be supportive of the government, which is, obviously, the logical thing one does in a political process,"
-Donald Rumsfeld, June 27, 2005

“Oh.. Thanks for clearing that up. Now tell me one other thing. The head of the CIA came out the other day and said that he thought he knew where Osama bin Laden was, but that we couldn’t go after him.”

"When you go to the question of dealing with sanctuaries in sovereign states, you’re dealing with a problem of our sense of international obligation, fair play."
-CIA Chief Porter Goss, June 27, 2005

“Yep.. Wouldn’t want to screw up a sovereign state because they harbor terrorists. Nope, we’ll only do that to Iraq and Afghanistan, but that’s different..”

“We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts, and those who harbor them.”
-George 'Dubya' Bush, September 11, 2001


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