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

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Quotes of the Morning: What the Heck.. Nazis

“Remember back in those ancient days when talking politics and mentioning the Nazis in the same breath was a bad thing? No? Apparently neither does the Administration.”
-Skippy


“President George W. Bush said Thursday the war against Islamic militants was like last century's fight against Nazis and communists and that a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq would lead to its conquest by America's worst enemies.”
-Associated Press, August 31, 2006

“The Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, mounted that line of attack against Democrats earlier this week, comparing war critics to appeasers who allowed the Nazi leader Adolf Hitler to stay in power before World War II.”
-Sydney Morning Herald, September 2, 2006

“The president's reference to a battle against Nazism echoed recent speeches by other administration officials. In a speech at the American Legion convention earlier this week, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said the world faces ‘a new type of fascism.’ And he warned against repeating the pre-World War II mistake of appeasement.”
-CBS/AP, August 31, 2006

“President Bush, along with Vice President Dick Cheney and Rumsfeld, delivered high-profile speeches last week likening the war in Iraq to the fight against the Nazis in World War II. Bush is scheduled to deliver at least four more speeches on the topic in the days ahead, and his aides say the president will use the same themes and language.
In a speech Thursday to the American Legion, Bush said: ‘As veterans, you have seen this kind of enemy before. They're successors to fascists, to Nazis, to Communists and other totalitarians of the 20th century.’"
-Seattle Post-Intelligencer, September 5, 2006

“Against this kind of determined, organized, ruthless enemy, America required a new strategy -- not merely to prosecute a series of crimes, but to fight and win a global campaign against the terror network. If I may quote Franklin Roosevelt, the President under who many of you served and fought, in words he used to describe fighting the Nazis: ‘Modern warfare against treacherous enemies,’ he said, ‘is a dirty business. We don't like it -- we didn't want to get in it -- but we are in it and we're going to fight it with everything we've got.’"
-Vice President Richard ‘Dick’ Cheney, August 28, 2006

“You can kind of expect it.. Things are going badly for the Republicans at the moment, as the war that they wanted has come back to hang like an albatross around their collective necks. They need to make this the simple good vs evil battle that they have been advertising for the last several years again. ‘Nazi’ in politics is just a shorthand way of saying that the ‘bad guys’ are unrelentingly evil. They may as well call them orcs or goblins or some other inhuman monster. Maybe they can claim that they eat babies or something. (You may laugh, but the lie about Iraqis throwing babies out of incubators during the first Gulf War was a huge success).
Still, you can expect this kind of behavior from Dubya, Rummy and the Dick. We know that they will always race to reach the lowest common denominator. What about the forth member of this little group though? What about Condi? You know that she would never debase the public debate by bringing up boogie-men in such a cynical, manipulative way..”
-Skippy


“Secretary of State Rice compared the Iraq war with the American Civil War, telling a magazine [Essence] that slavery might have lasted longer in this country if the North had decided to end the fight early.
‘I'm sure there are people who thought it was a mistake to fight the Civil War to its end and to insist that the emancipation of slaves would hold,’ Rice said in the new issue of Essence magazine.
‘I know there were people who said, 'Why don't we get out of this now, take a peace with the South, but leave the South with slaves?'’ Rice said.”
-New York Daily News, September 5, 2006

“Hey, Condi isn’t sticking with the ‘Nazi’ storyline! She’s using the wrong war for propaganda! She’s got to get with the program. It’s up to the Big Don to put her in her place.”
-Skippy


“There's some movement of Shia out of Sunni areas and Sunnis out of Shia areas, to some extent. There undoubtedly are some people who are leaving the country and going to safer places because of the violence.
Does that constitute a civil war? I guess you can decide for your yourself. And we can all go to the dictionary and decide what you want to call something.
But it seems to me that it is not a classic civil war at this stage.
It certainly isn't like our Civil War.”
-Donald Rumsfeld, August 2, 2006

“Nope. According to the Big Don Iraq isn’t like our Civil War at all… It is like fighting the Nazis. I know I’ll sleep better.”
-Skippy

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