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Four Color Politics

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

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Quotes of the Morning: Yadda Yadda Yadda

“You know, I hear people say, Well, civil war this, civil war that.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, August 7, 2006

“Yeah, I know. People keep talking about Iraq falling into civil war. Blah, blah, blah… Can’t these people talk about anything good? It is such a total bummer when people keep going on about this stupid civil war stuff.”

“The top US commander in the Middle East, General John Abizaid of the Army, told a Senate panel last week that fighting in Baghdad is at its highest level since the US-led invasion and threatens to split Iraq among sectarian factions. Some lawmakers, including Senator Chuck Hagel, Republican of Nebraska, have said there already is civil war.”
-Bloomberg News Service, August 8, 2006

“Stupid generals and Republican Senators. What do they know? I mean, we got rid of Saddam! He was a very bad person. We brought American Freedom™ to the Iraqi people! Why the heck can’t these people just accept how good they have it now and be grateful?”

“A series of bombings and shootings killed at least 31 people Tuesday, most in the Baghdad area, as more U.S. troops were seen in the capital as part of a campaign to reduce Sunni-Shiite violence that threatens civil war.

Three bombs exploded simultaneously near the Interior Ministry buildings in central Baghdad, killing 10 people and wounding eight, police Lt. Bilal Ali Majid said.
A couple of hours later, two roadside bombs ripped through the main Shurja market, also in central Baghdad, killing 10 civilians and wounding 50, police Lt. Mohammed Kheyoun said.”
-Washington Post, August 9, 2006

“Iraq, and particularly Baghdad, has been engulfed in sectarian bloodshed since February, as tit-for-tat attacks by militias and death squads have killed thousands of people from both communities.

Bodies of people are found daily across the country, especially in Baghdad, where kidnappers dump the tortured corpses of the victims by the roadside and in the Tigris river.
In May and June alone, around 6,000 people were killed in such bloodletting across Iraq, the UN said in a report last month.”
-Gulf Times, August 8, 2006

“Hey, those people at least died free instead of being trapped in long, lingering lives under the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein. Our work in Iraq has been good and noble. We have freed the Iraqi people from a brutal dictator. Now we just need to get people to stop talking about how we did it…”

“The Bush administration has drafted amendments to a war crimes law that would eliminate the risk of prosecution for political appointees, CIA officers and former military personnel for humiliating or degrading war prisoners, according to U.S. officials and a copy of the amendments.
Officials say the amendments would alter a U.S. law passed in the mid-1990s that criminalized violations of the Geneva Conventions, a set of international treaties governing military conduct in wartime. The conventions generally bar the cruel, humiliating and degrading treatment of wartime prisoners without spelling out what all those terms mean.”
-Washington Post, August 8, 2006


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