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

Monday, February 27, 2006

Quotes of the Morning: What, Me Worry?

“A United Arab Emirates government-owned company is poised to take over port terminal operations in 21 American ports, far more than the six widely reported.
The Bush administration has approved the takeover of British-owned Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co. to DP World, a deal set to go forward March 2 unless Congress intervenes.
P&O is the parent company of P&O Ports North America, which leases terminals for the import and export and loading and unloading and security of cargo in 21 ports, 11 on the East Coast, ranging from Portland, Maine to Miami, Florida, and 10 on the Gulf Coast, from Gulfport, Miss., to Corpus Christi, Texas, according to the company's Web site.”
-UPI, February 24, 2006

“Has anyone told Dubya this? Seriously, he said he didn’t know about the situation until about a week or two ago, so he might not be up on the situation. Someone tell Fearless Leader!”

“The White House got a gift in the ports security debate, a chance for the president to sidestep a battle with members of his own party and to tone down bipartisan criticism of the deal.

The offer by Dubai-owned DP World to submit to a broader review of security issues in its deal to take over major operations at six U.S. ports also could salvage a business deal critically important to its economic future.”
-AP, February 26, 2006

“Wow, what a gift. DP World has agreed to the check of the security issues that should have been checked prior to the scandal.. Kind of like how Dubya has now been pushing Congress to sign a bill making his already-underway illegal wiretapping legal. You know, I think that the old saying about closing the barn door after the horse has gotten out comes to mind. Nothing to worry about though. We’re just giving control of 21 American ports to a foreign government linked to terrorism. Nothing to see here. Move along.”

“U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said yesterday he's gained a ‘pretty good’ comfort level with the deal under which a United Arab Emirates company would take over operations at six U.S. ports.
However, Frist said he wants to ‘take a pause’ for 30 to 45 days so other members of Congress can be briefed.
Speaking to reporters before headlining a GOP fundraiser in Lexington, Frist, a Tennessee Republican, said his initial trepidation about the deal has waned in recent days as his staff received intelligence briefings.
Frist said Republicans trust the Bush administration and think its determination that the port deal doesn't threaten American security is ‘in all likelihood absolutely the right one.’“
-Courier-Journal, February 26, 2006

“I’m guessing that his change of heart began with waking up to find a horse’s head in the bed with him, but I could be wrong. Maybe Frist has just learned over the last six years that if Fearless Leader says something, then it is going to be done and done right. I think that that level of faith is inspiring.”

“Hundreds of Iraqis are being tortured to death or summarily executed every month in Baghdad alone by death squads working from the Ministry of the Interior, the United Nations' outgoing human rights chief in Iraq has revealed.
John Pace, who left Baghdad two weeks ago, told The Independent on Sunday that up to three-quarters of the corpses stacked in the city's mortuary show evidence of gunshot wounds to the head or injuries caused by drill-bits or burning cigarettes. Much of the killing, he said, was carried out by Shia Muslim groups under the control of the Ministry of the Interior.
Much of the statistical information provided to Mr Pace and his team comes from the Baghdad Medico-Legal Institute, which is located next to the city's mortuary. He said figures show that last July the morgue alone received 1,100 bodies, about 900 of which bore evidence of torture or summary execution. The pattern prevailed throughout the year until December, when the number dropped to 780 bodies, about 400 of which had gunshot or torture wounds.
‘It's being done by anyone who wishes to wipe out anybody else for various reasons,’ said Mr Pace, who worked for the UN for more than 40 years in countries ranging from Liberia to Chile. ‘But the bulk are attributed to the agents of the Ministry of the Interior.’"
-Independent (UK), February 26, 2006

“Yep, that port deal makes as much sense as our brave plan for democracy in Iraq, and I’m sure that it will work out at least as well.”


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