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Four Color Politics

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

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Quotes of the Morning: Any Port in a War

“Brushing aside objections from Republicans and Democrats alike, President Bush endorsed the takeover of shipping operations at six major U.S. seaports by a state-owned business in the United Arab Emirates. He pledged to veto any bill Congress might approve to block the agreement.”
-Associated Press, February 21, 2006

“As you may know, Bush has not vetoed ANYTHING in the last six years. Not budgets filled with Congressional pork. Not flawed assistance bills. Nothing. So you see how important he must think that this is. He is threatening to go against both parties to fight to help a company owned by the UAE operate our major ports. He must really believe in this, or he must be completely incapable of backing down when he decides to do something, or he needs something, anything, to get the ‘Dick shoots someone in the face’ story out of the news cycle.”

“I can understand why some in Congress have raised questions about whether or not our country will be less secure as a result of this transaction, but they need to know that our government has looked at this issue and looked at it carefully.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, February 21, 2006

“Just like they did with the Presidential briefing titled ‘Bin Ladin Determined to Attack U.S.’, the war plans for Afghanistan, the WMD issue in Iraq, the war plan in Iraq, the Katrina disaster plan and the Medicare card issues. Hey, you can trust them. Even if they miss something.. How bad can it be?”

“Lawmakers from both parties have noted that some of the Sept. 11 hijackers used the United Arab Emirates as an operational and financial base. In addition, critics contend the UAE was an important transfer point for shipments of smuggled nuclear components sent to Iran, North Korea and Libya by a Pakistani scientist.”
-Associated Press, February 21, 2006

“I leave you with a few words from Fearless Leader and his infallible wisdom.”

“THE PRESIDENT: Are you talking about the energy issue?
Q No, I'm sorry, the ports issue.
THE PRESIDENT: It's not a political issue.
Q But there clearly are members of your own party who will go to the mat against you on this.
THE PRESIDENT: It's not a political issue.
Q Why are you -- to make this, to have this fight?
THE PRESIDENT: I don't view it as a fight. I view it as me saying to people what I think is right, the right policy.”
-Questions and Answers with George ‘Dubya’ Bush, February 21, 2006


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