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

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Quotes of the Morning: School's Out

“Q But you still think your strategy for victory is working?
MR. SNOW: The strategy for victory is working, but the strategy for victory also, as the President said and Defense Secretary Rumsfeld, we're not -- it's not getting better fast enough. And so you need to find ways, militarily and otherwise, to try to improve the situation.”
-Press Gaggle with White House spokesman Tony Snow, November 13, 2006

“Hey, we’re winning in Iraq. The only problem is that we aren’t winning fast enough. I mean things are getting better for the Iraqis all the time. Look at how many schools we’ve renovated.”

“Newspaper headlines have borne much bad and frightening news lately: car bombs in Baghdad, missile fusillades launched at hotels, deadly attacks on U.S. soldiers, Iraqi police and governmental officials, and representatives of the international community. But there is plenty of good news, too, even though it doesn't as often make the papers. And that good news stems from a single irreversible and critical truth: the Iraqi people are free. . . . Real progress is being made on the ground that gives Iraqis hope that life will get steadily better. . . . We have renovated more than 1,500 schools.”
-Colin Powell, October 31, 2003

"What I was saying is there's more than just terrorist attacks that are taking place in Iraq. There's schools opening, there are hospitals opening. The electricity -- the capacity to deliver electricity to the Iraqi people is back up to pre-war levels. ... I know it's a dangerous place. And I also know our strategy to rout them out -- which is to encourage better intelligence and get more Iraqis involved, and have our strike teams ready to move -- is the right strategy."

-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, January 20, 2004

“Thank goodness we have the schools open. Otherwise it would look bad for the war effort. I mean, every time we need to show progress they point to the schools. If something were to happen there it would reflect poorly on how the War on Terra is really going.”

“Gunmen wearing Iraqi police commando uniforms kidnapped up to 150 staff and visitors in a lightning raid on a government research institute in downtown Baghdad on Tuesday, the largest mass abduction since the start of the U.S. occupation.
Iraq’s higher education minister immediately ordered all universities closed until security improvements are made, saying he was ‘not ready to see more professors get killed.’
‘I have only one choice which is to suspend classes at universities. We have no other choice,’ Abed Theyab said in an address to parliament.”
-Associated Press, November 14, 2006

“School's out for summer

School's out forever
School's been blown to pieces

No more pencils

No more books
No more teacher's dirty looks

Well we got no class
And we got no principles
And we got no innocence
We can't even think of a word that rhymes

School's out for summer
School's out forever
School's been blown to pieces”
-Alice Cooper, School's Out for Summer


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