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

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Quotes of the Morning: Bush League

“QUESTION: Do you still believe they were trying to buy nuclear materials in Africa?
BUSH: Right now?
QUESTION: No, were they? The statement you made...
BUSH: One thing is for certain, he's not trying to buy anything right now. If he's alive, he's on the run. And that's to the benefit of the Iraqi people. But, look, I am confident that Saddam Hussein had a weapons of mass destruction program. In 1991, I will remind you, we underestimated how close he was to having a nuclear weapon. Imagine a world in which this tyrant had a nuclear weapon. In 1998, my predecessor raided Iraq, based upon the very same intelligence. And in 2003, after the world had demanded he disarm, we decided to disarm him. And I'm convinced the world is a much more peaceful and secure place as a result of the actions.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush question and answer session, Pretoria, South Africa, July 9, 2003

“Convinced that the world is a much more peaceful and secure place? Maybe three and a half years ago, but how do you explain this now?”

“The Argentine government confirmed Wednesday that a daughter of President Bush had her purse stolen during a visit to the Argentine capital, despite the presence of Secret Service agents and local police.
‘The daughter of the president was on a tour in a typical tourist place, left her bag on the floor and it was stolen,’ Interior Minister Anibal Fernandez told reporters, confirming U.S. and Argentine media reports.
‘There isn't much I want to say about this topic,’ he said.”
-Associated Press, November 23, 2006

“Oops.. Didn’t mean to talk about the Bush twins problems in Argentina. I meant to talk about Iraq.”

“[Col. Peter] Devlin suggested that without the deployment of an additional U.S. military division -- 15,000 to 20,000 troops -- plus billions of dollars in aid to the province, ‘there is nothing’ U.S. troops ‘can do to influence’ the insurgency.

He described al-Qaeda in Iraq as the ‘dominate organization of influence in al-Anbar,’ surpassing all other groups, the Iraqi government and U.S. troops ‘in its ability to control the day-to-day life of the average Sunni.’
Al-Qaeda itself, now an ‘integral part of the social fabric of western Iraq,’ has become so entrenched, autonomous and financially independent that U.S. forces no longer have the option ‘for a decapitating strike that would cripple the organization,’ the report says. That is why, it says, the death of al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al- Zarqawi in June ‘had so little impact on the structure and capabilities of al-Qaeda,’ especially in Anbar province.”
-Washington Post, November 28, 2006

“Aw, the heck with it.. Let’s talk about the Bush twins instead.”

“Amid a growing barrage of front-page headlines, U.S. embassy officials ‘strongly suggested’ President Bush's twin daughters, Jenna and Barbara Bush, cut short their trip to Buenos Aires because of security issues, U.S. diplomatic and security sources tell ABC News.
But the girls have stayed on, celebrating their 25th birthday over the weekend and producing even more headlines about their activities.
Officials say the media coverage upstaged publicity plans for the new U.S. Ambassador Anthony Wayne, who had only recently arrived in the country.
Stories of the twins' visit took on wild proportions in the Argentinean press. One tabloid headline had the young women running nude in the hallway of their hotel, a report the hotel staff denied to ABC News.
According to sources, the U.S. embassy encouraged the two girls to cut their stay short because the added attention was making their security very difficult.
But to the dismay and anger of some U.S. embassy and security staff, the girls stayed on.
Thursday night, an ABC News producer was able to walk into their hotel unchecked and engage Barbara Bush in conversation while she checked her e-mail on a computer in the lobby. Jenna sat talking with friends on a sofa nearby. No Secret Service agents were anywhere to be seen in the lobby, according to ABC News' Joe Goldman.
And yesterday the Bush twins were spotted at the Sunday soccer matches, wearing team jerseys and sitting in the owner's box, watching Argentina's top team Boca Juniors compete. Several games have been canceled due to violence in the crowds this year. In fact, last weekend no spectators were allowed to attend the match other than season ticket holders.
Sources tell ABC News the twins plan to stick to their original itinerary and stay in Buenos Aires until Thursday.”
-ABC News, November 27, 2006

“And the moral to our story is this… No one tells a Bush when to leave.”


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