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

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Quotes of the Morning: Should I Stay Or Should I Go Now?

“President Bush, acknowledging that the war in Iraq is ‘straining’ the national psyche, nonetheless vowed that US forces would remain there ‘so long as I am president’ and warned that pulling out early would have disastrous consequences for other critical US foreign policy goals.
‘We're not leaving so long as I am president,’ Bush said at an hourlong White House press conference yesterday. ‘That would be a huge mistake. It would send an unbelievably . . . terrible signal to reformers across the region. It would say we've abandoned our desire to change the conditions that create terror. It would give the terrorists a safe haven from which to launch attacks. It would embolden Iran. It would embolden extremists.’"
-Boston Globe, August 22, 2006

“Fearless Leader has made it clear that he will not leave Iraq.. ever. We are there for the duration, as leaving would embolden the evil-doers in the region. It would embolden Iran. We can’t have that happen. After all, we are in Iraq to spread peace and democracy.”

“Iran's standing in the Middle East has been bolstered by President George W Bush's ‘war on terror’ and its power will continue to grow unless stability is restored to its neighbors, a top think tank said on Tuesday.
London's Royal Institute for International Affairs said wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and Israel's conflict with the Palestinians and with Lebanon's Hizbollah had put Iran ‘in a position of considerable strength’.
‘There is little doubt that Iran has been the chief beneficiary of the war on terror in the Middle East,’ the RIIA said in a report on the region. “
-Reuters, August 23, 2006

“Wait.. That can’t be right. Leaving would embolden Iran. Staying is helping them too?”

“Darling you gotta let me know

Should I stay or should I go?
If you say that you are mine
I’ll be here ’til the end of time
So you got to let know
Should I stay or should I go?

Always tease tease tease
You’re happy when I’m on my knees
One day is fine, next is black
So if you want me off your back
Well come on and let me know
Should I stay or should I go?

Should I stay or should I go now?
Should I stay or should I go now?
If I go there will be trouble
An’ if I stay it will be double
So come on and let me know”
-The Clash, “Should I Stay Or Should I Go”

“Well, since Fearless Leader has made his mind (?) up, I guess there is no use in arguing. No big whoop. After all, we have the needed forces to handle any problems.”

“The number of U.S. troops in Iraq has climbed back to 138,000, driven up in part by the need to control the escalating violence in Baghdad and the decision to delay the departure of an Alaska-based Army brigade.
The U.S. Marine Corps said Tuesday it has been authorized to recall thousands of Marines to active duty, primarily because of a shortage of volunteers for duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Up to 2,500 Marines will be brought back at any one time, but there is no cap on the total number of Marines who may be forced back into service in the coming years as the military battles the war on terror. The call-ups will begin in the next several months.
This is the first time the Marines have had to use the involuntary recall since the early days of the Iraq combat. The Army has ordered back about 14,000 soldiers since the start of the war.”
-Associated Press, August 22, 2006

“Ok, so some of those forces may be a little over-stressed, but at least we take care of them. They are the best treated, best equipped military force in the world.”

“Congress appears ready to slash funding for the research and treatment of brain injuries caused by bomb blasts, an injury that military scientists describe as a signature wound of the Iraq war.
House and Senate versions of the 2007 Defense appropriation bill contain $7 million for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center — half of what the center received last fiscal year.
Proponents of increased funding say they are shocked to see cuts in the treatment of bomb blast injuries in the midst of a war.”
-USA Today, August 8, 2006

“Ok.. So the military is having some issues. Just a few. And the situation in Iraq is terrible, and there doesn’t seem to be much that we can do, overextended as we are, to deal with Iran. Still, Fearless Leader is a bold, decisive thinker. We can trust him to make a reasoned, sensible, practical response to the issues involved, and to show the maturity and statesmanship required to diplomatically handle the complicated interrelationships between the various power groups in the Middle East.”

“He loves to cuss, gets a jolly when a mountain biker wipes out trying to keep up with him, and now we're learning that the first frat boy loves flatulence jokes. A top insider let that slip when explaining why President Bush is paranoid around women, always worried about his behavior. But he's still a funny, earthy guy who, for example, can't get enough of fart jokes. He's also known to cut a few for laughs, especially when greeting new young aides, but forget about getting people to gas about that.”
-U.S. News and World Report, August 20, 2006

“We are freaking doomed.”


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