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Four Color Politics

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

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Quotes of the Morning: State of the War(s)

“You know what helps a good State of the Union address? A good war. You know, the proud patriotic statements, the triumphs, the rockets red glare. That kind of stuff. Unfortunately Iraq isn’t working out so well. Still, we need SOMETHING to work with, so maybe a threat of war will do..”
-Skippy


“As if the Bush Administration didn't have a sufficiently tough challenge in securing Iraq in the face of insurgency and sectarian conflict, it has now added curbing Iran to its to-do list. Last week's raid in the Kurdish city of Erbil on a building claimed by Iran and the Kurds as a consular facility that saw the arrest of five Iranian officials signaled the onset of an aggressive push-back against Iranian influence in Iraq. And it's not only the Iranians that are unhappy about the new development.
President Bush's speech outlining a new approach to Iraq warned that it could not be stabilized without ‘addressing’ Iran. But his plans to move aircraft carriers and missile defense batteries into the region signaled that by ‘address’ he wasn't envisaging the sort of diplomatic engagement advocated by the Iraq Study Group. Bush and other officials have amplified their denunciations of Iranian ‘meddling’ in Iraq, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice indicated that the President had signed an order authorizing a broad military campaign against Iranian networks operating inside Iraq. In an interview with TIME, Rice even said that she could not rule out the possibility that U.S. troops might cross the Iraq border into Iran in pursuit of Iranians suspected of moving weapons to Iraqi militias.”
-Time Magazine (Online), January 16, 22, 2007

“So Iran wants to throw down, eh? They’ve looking for a fight and we are just the kind of country to give it to them. There is no other way. Iran has been a serious problem and they will not listen to reason. They won’t negotiate and they are in the Axis of Evil. They are irrational monsters and must be stopped.”
-Skippy


“An Iranian offer to help the United States stabilize Iraq and end its military support for Hezbollah and Hamas was rejected by Vice-President Dick Cheney in 2003, a former top State Department official told the British Broadcasting Corp.
The State Department was open to the offer, which came in an unsigned letter sent shortly after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Lawrence Wilkerson, former secretary of state Colin Powell's chief of staff, told BBC's Newsnight in a program broadcast Wednesday night. But, Mr. Wilkerson said, Mr. Cheney vetoed the deal.
‘We thought it was a very propitious moment’ to strike a deal, Mr. Wilkerson said. ‘But as soon as it got to the White House, and as soon as it got to the Vice-President's office, the old mantra of 'We don't talk to evil' . . . reasserted itself.’”
-Associated Press, January 19, 2007

“Never mind that! Don’t listen to the stories that portray Iran as ‘rational’ or possibly ‘human’. Not true! And the Administration loves peace, so you know that if an actual offer to negotiate had come up back in 2003 Big Dick wouldn’t have turned it down. Iran is a threat to America and must be stopped right after we finish liberating Iraq. Maybe we won’t have to invade them. Maybe we can just bomb them until they give up. Shock and awe them a little. It worked in Iraq, right?”
-Skippy


“Elements of the USS John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group began deployment to the Persian Gulf to assist the USS Eisenhower Strike Group already positioned there.
The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier left its homeport in Bremerton, Wash., on Jan. 16 and made a stop in San Diego to join with the guided missile cruiser USS Antietam and the guided missile destroyer USS Preble. The fleet departed San Diego on Jan. 20 and will be joined by guided missile destroyers USS O'Kane and USS Paul Hamilton in transit, according to a report from Navy Newsstand.”
-UPI, January 22, 2007

“Huh.. I’m sure that this is just part of the ‘surge’ that Fearless Leader is working on and not part of the work being done gearing up to attack Iran. I’m not really sure how jet fighters and guided missiles work in what is essentially a police action in Iraq (I mean, we are patrolling inside of civilian centers.. I’m not sure how guided missiles can be used in that context), but I’m sure that they are needed.”
-Skippy


“Iran conducted missile tests Monday as its leadership stepped up warnings of a possible military confrontation with the U.S.
In another show of defiance, Tehran said it had barred 38 United Nations nuclear inspectors from entering the country, apparently in retaliation for a U.N. Security Council resolution last month imposing limited sanctions on Iran.
[…]
Over the past few days, Iran's hardline newspapers have threatened suicide attacks against American targets and claimed missiles fired from Iran would turn Israel into ‘a scorching hell’ if the U.S. takes military action.”
-New York times, January 23, 2007

“Well that is it then. They are testing their defenses and their hardline newspapers are threatening us. We need to attack. I mean, we all know that the press speaks for the government, right?”
-Skippy


“It is perfectly safe to say all terrorists are Muslims. All of them. If it was not for the religion of Islam, this world would be a much, much, much more peaceful place today. If it were not for the religion of Islam, there would be many thousands, maybe tens, maybe hundreds of thousands of people alive today living peaceful, happy, and fulfilled lives than there are. Agony, misery, death is occurring all over this world, brought to us by the wonderful, peaceful religion of Islam.”
-Neal Boortz, The Neal Boortz Show, August 10, 2006

“Oddly enough, until this point I was unaware that Timothy McVeigh was a Muslim. Apparently he must have been.”
-Skippy


“They are very depressed by the weakness that America is showing to these psychotics in the Muslim world. They say, ‘Oh, there's a billion of them.’ I said, ‘So, kill 100 million of them, then there'll be 900 million of them.’ I mean, would you rather die -- would you rather us die than them? I mean, what is it going to take for you people to wake up? Would you rather we disappear or we die? Or would you rather they disappear and they die? Because you're going to have to make that choice sooner rather than later.
-Michael Savage, The Savage Nation radio show, April 17, 2006

“Yep, we need to invade a third country under this administration. Iran is far too irrational to trust. They are crazy, and trust me, we know crazy.”
-Skippy

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