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Four Color Politics

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

Monday, July 25, 2005

Quotes of the Morning

“Goemaere called on Iraqis to help in preventing future attacks. ‘The complete disregard for civilian life in this attack is absolutely abhorrent,’ he said. ‘It is the responsibility of all Iraqi people to turn against the terrorists and protect their families from this type of crime."
An Iraqi man who asked not to be identified echoed Goemaere's remarks. ‘The terrorists are attacking the infrastructure, the ISF and all of Iraq,’ he said. ‘They are enemies of humanity, without religion or any sort of ethics. They have attacked my community today, and I will now take the fight to the terrorists.’"
-US Department of Defense, July 24, 2005

"The U.S. military on Sunday said it was looking into how virtually identical quotations ended up in two of its news releases about different insurgent attacks.
Following a car bombing in Baghdad on Sunday, the U.S. military issued a statement with a quotation attributed to an unidentified Iraqi that was virtually identical to a quote reacting to an attack on July 13.
After questioning by news media, the military released the statement without the quotation."
-CNN, July 24, 2005

"Sweet Heaven above.. Can't these people do anything without lying to us? How could this happen?"

"The Defense Department is considering issuing a secret directive to the American military to conduct covert operations aimed at influencing public opinion and policy makers in friendly and neutral countries, senior Pentagon and administration officials say.
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has not yet decided on the proposal, which has ignited a fierce battle throughout the Bush administration over whether the military should carry out secret propaganda missions in friendly nations like Germany, where many of the Sept. 11 hijackers congregated, or Pakistan, still considered a haven for Al Qaeda's militants.
Such a program, for example, could include efforts to discredit and undermine the influence of mosques and religious schools that have become breeding grounds for Islamic militancy and anti-Americanism across the Middle East, Asia and Europe. It might even include setting up schools with secret American financing to teach a moderate Islamic position laced with sympathetic depictions of how the religion is practiced in America, officials said."
-New York Times, December 16, 2002

“See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, May 25, 2005


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