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Four Color Politics

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

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Quotes of the Morning: Mission Accomplished

“Things are tough for the beneficiaries of our little War on Terror.”

“Iraqi police found 40 bullet-riddled bodies in the capital Monday, an Interior Ministry official said. Most of the bodies showed signs of torture; their hands were tied, and they were blindfolded. None of the bodies has been identified.”
-CNN, December 26, 2006

“These people obviously do not appreciate the American Freedom™ that we have given them. They probably thought that freedom meant opportunity, but little did they know that they were to receive American Freedom™, not some no-name brand, and it comes with a rather stiff price tag..”

“Freedom's untidy, and free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things.”
-Donald Rumsfeld, April 11, 2003

“Yes, they are free to do ‘bad’ things. You know, things like this..”

“Three simultaneous car bombs exploded in southwestern Baghdad, killing 16 people and wounding 70, Interior Ministry and police sources said.”
-Reuters, December 26, 2006

“Still, we will be there to make sure that these people stay free, no matter what the cost is..”

“The U.S. military on Tuesday announced the deaths of six more American soldiers, pushing the U.S. military death toll since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003 to at least 2,978 - five more than the number killed in the Sept. 11 attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.”
-Associated Press, December 26, 2006

“But we will leave just as soon as the Iraqi forces have established themselves enough to take over the situation..”

“A military action against a police station in the southern city of Basra found prisoners being held in conditions that a British military spokesman, Major Charlie Burbridge, described as ‘appalling.’

More than 100 men were crowded into a single cell, about 9 meters by 12 meters, or 30 feet by 40 feet, he said, with two open toilets, two sinks and just a few blankets spread over the concrete floor.
A significant number showed signs of torture. Some had crushed hands and feet, Burbridge said, while others had cigarette and electrical burns and a significant number had gunshot wounds to their legs and knees.
Hundreds of British and Iraqi soldiers assaulted the police station on Monday, killing seven gunmen, rescuing 127 prisoners from what the British said was almost certain execution and ultimately reducing the facility to rubble.”
-International Herald Tribune, December 26, 2006

“Oh.. I guess that may be a while. Now we are attacking the Iraqi police, who were apparently running their own little torture chamber. We are attacking the people who are supposed to be ‘standing up’ so that we can leave Iraq. That can’t be good.”

“A year ago, I did give the speech from the carrier, saying that we had achieved an important objective, that we'd accomplished a mission, which was the removal of Saddam Hussein. And as a result, there are no longer torture chambers or rape rooms or mass graves in Iraq."
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, April 30, 2004

“Mission accomplished, sir.”


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