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

Friday, March 10, 2006

Quotes of the Morning: The New Hipness

“Ok, Rumsfeld is insane. Just. Insane. Remember this one from a few days ago?”

“Rumsfeld, citing information from his top commander in Iraq, said the news media has exaggerated the number of attacks on mosques in the latest sectarian violence, the number of Iraqi deaths and has mischaracterized the actions of government security forces.

‘From what I've seen thus far, much of the reporting in the U.S. and abroad has exaggerated the situation,’ Rumsfeld said.
‘Interestingly, all of the exaggerations seem to be on one side. It isn't as though there simply have been a series of random errors on both sides of issues. On the contrary, the steady stream of errors all seem to be of the nature to inflame the situation and to give heart to the terrorists and to discourage those who hope for success in Iraq.’"
-Washington Post, March 7, 2006

“It seems that violence on the part of ethnic and religious groups really isn’t such a big deal. It’s hardly even happening, and definitely not a civil war.”

“A bomb that killed five people in the Baghdad stronghold of a Shi'ite militia on Thursday and a machinegun attack on a top Sunni politician kept fears of civil war alive after a week of bloodshed that has left hundreds dead.
The Mehdi Army of radical Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said it would defend its neighbourhoods after a bomb killed five and wounded eight in a minibus in the heart of Sadr City, a Shi'ite slum in eastern Baghdad.
In mainly Sunni west Baghdad, gunmen ambushed and destroyed the armoured vehicle of Adnan al-Dulaimi, a veteran leader of the Iraqi Accordance Front, the largest political bloc of the once-dominant Sunni minority. He then appealed for calm.
Sectarian attacks since suspected al Qaeda militants bombed a Shi'ite shrine in Samarra on February 22 have stalled U.S.-backed talks to forge a government of national unity that Washington hopes would stabilise Iraq and allow it to draw down its troops.”
-Reuters, March 2, 2006

“Well, its good to see that we aren’t embroiled in an Iraqi civil war. Its also good to see that the government has contingency plans to deal with this ‘not a civil war’ thing that we are currently embroiled in should it, you know, turn violent.”

“’Secretary Rumsfeld,’ Mr. Byrd said a moment later, ‘what is the plan if Iraq descends into civil war? Will our troops hunker down and wait out the violence? If not, whose side would our troops be ordered to take in a civil war?’
Mr. Rumsfeld replied that the ‘sectarian tension and conflict’ in Iraq do not constitute a civil war ‘at the present time by most experts' calculation.’
The secretary went on to say that he believed the unrest in Iraq ‘while changing in its nature from insurgency toward sectarian violence’ was still ‘controllable by Iraqi security forces and multinational forces.’"
-New York Times, March 9, 2006

“Well that isn’t so much a plan as a complete denial that there is or could be a problem. Kind of like the way that the war has run up until this point. No planning for contingencies, because nothing bad will ever happen. We’re just going to rely on Iraqi security forces..”

“The number of Iraqi army battalions judged by their American trainers to be capable of fighting insurgents without U.S. help has fallen from one to none since September, Pentagon officials said yesterday.”
-Associated Press, February 25, 2006

“..and multinational forces.”

“Yesterday, South Korea, which has the third-largest number of troops, announced that a planned one-third cut in its military in Iraq -- from 3,200 troops to 2,300 -- will begin next month, according to Major General Jung Seung-jo, chief of the South Korean troops stationed in the Kurdish region of Irbil in northern Iraq, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.
The Defense Ministry in Seoul confirmed Jung's remarks.
Italy, which has the fourth-largest contingent in Iraq, has said it plans to pull out this year.”
-Taipei Times, March 6, 2006

“It can’t be such a big deal though. I mean, Iran is the new hipness. Iraq is just old and busted.”

“Despite the daily carnage in Iraq, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Iran might be an even bigger danger. ‘We may face no greater challenge from a single country than from Iran,’ she said, describing that country's leadership as ‘the central banker for terrorism,’ an oppressor of its own people, a fomenter of unrest in the Middle East, and a would-be member of the nuclear-weapons club.”
-New York Times, March 9, 2006

“You can look forward to quotes like these coming to a news report near you soon! Remember, Iran is the new Iraq. Pass it on.”

"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

"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.

"I want you to keep focused on what you are doing here.
This war came to us, not the other way around."
-Condoleeza Rice, May 15, 2005


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