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

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Quotes of hte Morning: Five Year Plan for Glorious Victory in Iraq

“Today is the big day! Today Fearless Leader is going to announce his new Five Year Plan for Glorious Victory in Iraq.”

“President George W. Bush will lay out his new policy for Iraq in a prime-time speech Wednesday that is expected to call for a temporary troop increase but also establish a series of goals that the Iraqi government will be expected to meet to ease sectarian tensions and stabilize the country politically and economically.
A senior administration official said the president is expected to call for a temporary increase of up to 20,000 troops, for spending of up to $1 billion to help create jobs and boost the Iraqi economy, and possibly for new Middle East diplomacy. It was unclear whether Bush would say anything about how long the new troops, and the more than 132,000 troops already there, might stay.”
-International Herald Tribune, January 8, 2007

“We’re going to send more troops! Yes, finally we can triumph. No one could possibly have any concerns about a policy that makes such obvious good sense.”

“Still, President George W. Bush is expected to shrug off those concerns and unveil plans to send more troops to Iraq, setting the stage for the most intense debate on the war since the U.S.-led invasion almost four years ago.

Bush is to make a televised address to Americans on his new Iraq plan on Wednesday at 9 p.m. (0200 GMT).
By going ahead with a troop increase, Bush is again proclaiming himself the "decider" as he tries to reassert his relevance after coming out on the losing end of a congressional power shift, analysts say.
Though weakened by his Republican Party's defeat in November's elections, he seems to be staking out his turf for continuing to prosecute an increasingly unpopular war that is likely to define his presidential legacy.
‘He's still commander-in-chief and he wants to do it his way,’ said Michael McFaul, a foreign policy expert at the Hoover Institution. ‘But it's too little, too late.’”
-Reuters, January 8, 2007

“People have doubts? How is that even possible? Fearless Leader is the man that led us to Glorious Victory there once already.”

“My fellow Americans, major combat operations in Iraq have ended…In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, May 1, 2003

“I mean, we already won there once back in 2003. We just need to convince the American people that we can keep winning there for a little longer. I know what would convince everyone.. No, not rational debate with groups of experts. I’m thinking that a whirlwind press tour where Fearless Leader can appeal directly to the American people without letting ‘debate’ or ‘facts’ get in the way would work.”

“The White House is planning an aggressive effort to sell Congress and the American public on President Bush's new strategy for Iraq, beginning with a prime-time address to the nation Wednesday night, a trip by the president to Fort Benning, Ga., to visit with troops on Thursday and appearances on Capitol Hill by the secretaries of state and defense.

With Democrats vowing to oppose any plan to send more troops to Iraq, and some Republicans openly skeptical, aides to the president are planning an intense rollout that will include briefings by senior administration officials for reporters and lawmakers, and possible trips to the region by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, both of whom are scheduled to testify before Congress after Mr. Bush's speech. Despite Mr. Bush's insistence that he does not govern by polls, the White House is acutely aware that the vast majority of the American public disapproves of the job Mr. Bush is doing in Iraq.”
-New York Times, January 8, 2007

“Yes.. The press offensive. It will be fabulous. A whirlwind of Administration officials reading their talking points about Iraq. It can’t fail. It is this kind of aggressive stance with the public that has been so successful in the past…”

“It is the third time in less than a year that Bush has launched a public relations offensive to try to rally support for the war in Iraq and his effort to spread democracy in the Middle East. He did it in November and December 2005 and again in March on the third anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

Back then, the speeches were aimed at countering news reports of daily bombings in Iraq, where more than 2,300 U.S. troops had died. The death toll has risen to more than 2,630 and in July, about 3,500 Iraqis died violently - the highest monthly civilian toll since the war began.
The new addresses come two months before congressional elections and at a point when Bush's approval rate is at 33 percent in the August AP-Ipsos poll. His approval on handling of Iraq also was at 33 percent in the poll.”
-Associated Press, August 31, 2006

“…like five months or so when they last did this. Over 370 dead soldiers ago. Yes, there is no sense letting rational thought or facts get in the way of our mission to liberate the Iraqi people and paint their schools.”

“In other developments, the U.S. military said three airmen were killed in Baghdad Sunday by a car bomb, a soldier was killed by small arms fire in Baghdad a day earlier, and another soldier died in combat in western Anbar province on Friday. A British soldier also died in a traffic accident.
At least 14 Iraqis died Sunday in bombings and shootings, including three Sunni Muslim shopkeepers gunned down in a busy marketplace and a Shiite cleric and his son killed en route to a mosque, police said. Twenty-three bodies turned up in hospitals and morgues around the country, officials said.
A new battle for Iraq's capital was under way with Iraqi forces mired in gunfights with insurgents and U.S. helicopters hovering over an area where some 30 people died in fighting the previous night.
The fighting is part of a military operation announced Saturday by the prime minister and intended to quell sectarian violence.”
-Associated Press, January 8, 2007

“I love the smell of napalm in the morning. You know, one time we had a hill bombed, for 12 hours. When it was all over, I walked up. We didn't find one of 'em, not one stinkin' dink body. The smell, you know that gasoline smell, the whole hill. Smelled like... victory.”
-Kilgore, Apocalypse Now


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