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Four Color Politics

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

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Quotes of the Morning: Loves Me, Loves Me Not

“President Bush has ordered helicopters and ships to Lebanon to provide humanitarian aid, but he still opposes an immediate cease-fire that could give relief from a 13-day-old Israeli bombing campaign.
Announcing the assistance program, White House press secretary Tony Snow said Monday there was no reason to believe an immediate cease-fire would stop violence in the Mideast and said instead the world should confront the destabilizing force of Hezbollah and its practice of using the Lebanese people as ‘human shields.’”
-Associated Press, July 24, 2006

“Wow. Fantastic. We can finally help the Lebanese people who are stuck in the middle of an Israeli assault and ongoing Hezbollah violence. We’ve got to feel good about that, even if we are saying that Lebanese civilians dying by the busload are just an unavoidable oopsie at this point..”

“Q: On humanitarian supplies really quick. If this administration already knew of the severity of the situation with evacuating of Americans from that area, why not begin humanitarian supplies then instead of now?
Tony Snow: Well number 1 April you have to ah, I mean, I love the second guessing. The United States is first to the scene and the question is why not earlier. Ah the fact is we're the first to the scene. And we are actively encouraging allies throughout the region and throughout the world to join us because we do think it is important. You have to find out ways in which you safely can transport it. We have been working on developing what they're referred to as humanitarian corridors. And I don't want to be second guessing the operational, ah, sort of the operational time table under which people have proceeded here.”
-Press Gaggle with White House Spokesman Tony Snow, July 24, 2006

“Yep, we’re first on the scene to help out a mere 13 days after the conflict begins. No one was more on top of things than the United States. How dare the Press question Fearless Leader.”

“A French cargo-plane carrying humanitarian aid for Lebanon took off from Paris Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle airport on Thursday morning.
Some 50 emergency doctors and Red Cross staff were aboard the Boeing 747-300, which also carried medicines, surgical equipment, water-purification units, food and field generators in the first dispatch of aid to the Arab nation.”
-Xinhua, July 20, 2006

“Well, except for the French. Doggone French probably only went in there with humanitarian aid before us just to make us look bad, just like they did when they tried to talk us out of going to war with Iraq. I think we showed them who was on the right side on THAT one! That isn’t to say that we haven’t been trying to help out before now in the Israel / Lebanon conflict. We’ve done a lot there trying to figure out how we can pitch in.”

“The Bush administration is rushing a delivery of precision-guided bombs to Israel, which requested the expedited shipment last week after beginning its air campaign against Hezbollah targets in Lebanon, American officials said Friday.
The decision to quickly ship the weapons to Israel was made with little debate within the Bush administration, the officials said. Its disclosure threatens to anger Arab governments and others because of the appearance that the United States is actively aiding the Israeli bombing campaign in a way that could be compared to Iran's efforts to arm and resupply Hezbollah.”
-Chicago Tribune, July 21, 2006

“Yep. Kind of like Iraq. We manage to supply the bombs that are killing innocent people and still claim moral superiority. American Freedom™ is on the march!”


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