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Monday, November 20, 2006

Quotes of the Morning: Rock the Casbah

“U.S. congressional Democrats said on Sunday Iran and Syria need to be made part of a Middle East meeting on Iraq, but Republicans insisted the United States' adversaries should first agree to conditions.
Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat who is expected to head the Senate Armed Services Committee in the new Congress in January, said a solution in Iraq required the involvement of the two neighbors ‘whether we like it or not. And we don't.’
Speaking on CNN's ‘Late Edition,’ Levin said it was likely a bipartisan group examining options for Iraq led by James Baker, the former U.S. secretary of state, would call for Iran and Syria to be included in the diplomatic efforts on Iraq.
Baker's group has already met several times with Syrian officials to discuss how they could cooperate.
The move would force the U.S. administration to deal with Tehran and Damascus, which it has resisted. President George W. Bush is under pressure to change his Iraq policy after his Republican Party suffered a severe setback in Nov. 7 elections.
Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas said Iran must first agree to drop its nuclear ambitions, while Syria should agree to stop insurgents from crossing the border into Iraq and fomenting a Sunni insurgency.
-Reuters, November 19, 2006

“Stupid Democrats. Look at them, trying to come up with a ‘diplomatic’ and ‘peaceful’ solutions to problems to the problems that we have created in the Middle East. Don’t you know that if the enemy sees us using diplomacy then it will embolden them to use diplomacy too? Can you imaging how bad it would be if we were forced to sit across from them and be polite? My God (and I mean the big Caucasian God with the beard and the white robes), how could we survive?
Don’t worry though.. Fearless Leader and Big Dick aren’t going to let any little problem like Congress get in the way of a future war with Iran if the Administration decides that one is really really needed.”
-Skippy

“A month before the November 7 legislative elections, Hersh wrote, Vice President Dick Cheney attended a national-security discussion that touched on the impact of Democratic victory in both chambers on Iran policy.

‘If the Democrats won on November 7th, the vice president said, that victory would not stop the administration from pursuing a military option with Iran,’ Hersh wrote, citing a source familiar with the discussion.
Cheney said the White House would circumvent any legislative restrictions ‘and thus stop Congress from getting in its way,’ he said.”
-AFP, November 18, 2006

“So never fear. No matter how difficult it may be to try to expand the War on Terra, the Administration will give it their best try.”
-Skippy

“U.S. President George W. Bush and President Jacques Chirac of France met several weeks ago. Bush told his French counterpart that the possibility that Israel would carry out a strike against Iran's nuclear installations should not be ruled out.
Bush also said that if such an attack were to take place, he would understand it. According to European diplomats who later met with Rice, the secretary of state did not express the same willingness to show understanding for a possible Israeli strike against Iran.”
-Ha’aretz (Israel), November 20, 2006

“We cannot let Iran get away with their nuclear ambitions (unlike North Korea of course). We may need to invade them in order to spread peace further over the Middle East. It is a last-ditch effort to save the world. We do not have a minute to lose. Iran is a threat! An immediate and dire threat! Be afraid! Panic!”
-Skippy

“A classified draft CIA assessment has found no firm evidence of a secret drive by Iran to develop nuclear weapons, as alleged by the White House, a top US investigative reporter has said.
[…]

But the administration's planning of a military option was made ‘far more complicated’ in recent months by a highly classified draft assessment by the Central Intelligence Agency ‘challenging the White House's assumptions about how close Iran might be to building a nuclear bomb,’ he wrote.
‘The CIA found no conclusive evidence, as yet, of a secret Iranian nuclear-weapons program running parallel to the civilian operations that Iran has declared to the International Atomic Energy Agency,’ Hersh wrote, adding the CIA had declined to comment on that story.
A current senior intelligence official confirmed the existence of the CIA analysis and said the White House had been hostile to it, he wrote.”
-AFP, November 18, 2006

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