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

Monday, November 27, 2006

Quotes of the Morning: Peace on Earth

“Good news everyone! They’ve finally figured out how to fund the War in Iraq!”

“The insurgency in Iraq is now self-sustaining financially, raising tens of millions of dollars a year from oil smuggling, kidnapping, counterfeiting, corrupt charities and other crimes that the Iraqi government and its American patrons have been largely unable to prevent, a classified United States government report has concluded.

The report, obtained by The New York Times, estimates that groups responsible for many of the insurgent and terrorist attacks are raising $70 million to $200 million a year from illegal activities. It says that $25 million to $100 million of the total comes from oil smuggling and other criminal activity involving the state-owned oil industry aided by ‘corrupt and complicit’ Iraqi officials.
As much as $36 million a year comes from ransoms paid to save hundreds of kidnap victims in Iraq, the report said. It estimates that unnamed foreign governments — previously identified by senior American officials as including France and Italy — paid Iraqi kidnappers $30 million in ransom last year.”
-New York Times, November 26, 2006

“Oops.. My mistake. The enemy is now self-sustaining. Our troops are not.”

“Politicians on both sides of the aisle Sunday compared Iraq to Vietnam, signaling they'll take a hard look when President Bush asks soon for as much as $160 billion in emergency funds to keep footing the bill for the war.
Democrats, who take control of Congress in January, have said they will not cut off money for the ever-more unpopular war, but Bush's expected request will push the cost well over $400 billion.
The total cost for the war on terror, including the conflict in Afghanistan, will be well over $500 billion and surpass the cost of Vietnam, adjusted for inflation.”
-New York Daily News, November 27, 2006

“No, no, no… I wasn’t talking about the financial cost of the war (equaling about $1,675 dollars for every man, woman and child in the country). I was talking about the troops. You know, the people that we need to keep fighting the now-self-sustaining insurgency..”

“According to the Department of Defense, as of Nov. 4, 46,137 battle- and non-battle related military injuries have been treated in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Of that number, 31,122 military personnel had injuries or ‘diseases’ serious enough to require air transport off the battlefield.
Since 2002, Veterans Affairs agencies have treated 185,000 of the estimated 588,000 service men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Of that group, about 6,000 have been hospitalized, the rest have received outpatient services.
In what the VA calls ‘very raw categories,’ 64,000 vets have sought mental health services, 32,000 have come in with respiratory problems, 56,000 have had digestive issues, 54,000 have had problems relating to the nervous system, 25,000 have had skin diseases and 25,000 have had circulatory problems.
By far, said officials, 76,000 veterans fall under the broad category of ‘muscular and skeletal’ diagnosis, which would include anything from a pulled muscle to injuries received from an IED blast.
In addition, the VA has assisted 500 amputees in the last year. Those seeking assistance collectively have had their leg prostheses adjusted 11,000 times and hand and arm prostheses checked 1,200 times.
Nicholson said the severity of injuries in this war made necessary the creation of the polytrauma centers as well as 17 smaller, regional polytrauma facilities.
‘Instead of coming home in a body bag, they are coming back on a gurney, and that presents us with new and challenging opportunities, if you will, to reconstitute people,’ he said.”
-Fox News, November 26, 2006

“Still, sacrificing our troops lives and health would only be done for a worthy cause. We are in Iraq to spread American Freedom™ and save the Iraqi people from terror. There can’t be a nobler goal than that.”

“Revenge-seeking Shiite militiamen seized six Sunnis as they left Friday prayers, drenched them with kerosene and burned them alive, and Iraqi soldiers did nothing to stop the attack, police and witnesses said.
Police Capt. Jamil Hussein said Iraqi soldiers at a nearby army post failed to intervene in the burnings of Sunnis carried out by suspected members of the Shiite Mahdi Army militia, or in subsequent attacks that torched four Sunni mosques and killed at least 19 other Sunnis, including women and children, in the same northwest Baghdad area.”
-Associated Press, November 24, 2006

“Um.. The Iraqi soldiers didn’t stop people from being burnt alive in front of them? That doesn’t sound good.
I guess that In this joyous time of the year all we can hope for is that peace and love fill the hearts of everyone involved and show them the true meaning of God’s love (or the love and affection of your deity of choice of course).”

“A homeowners association in southwestern Colorado has threatened to fine a resident $25 a day until she removes a Christmas wreath with a peace sign that some say is an anti-Iraq war protest or a symbol of Satan.
Some residents who have complained have children serving in Iraq, said Bob Kearns, president of the Loma Linda Homeowners Association in Pagosa Springs. He said some residents have also believed it was a symbol of Satan. Three or four residents complained, he said.”
-Associated Press, November 26, 2006

“When I say ‘deity of choice’ I honestly don’t mean to include Satan. I didn’t even know that Satan was all that big into peace. My bad.”


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