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

Monday, February 05, 2007

Quotes of the Morning: Everything's Coming Up Roses!

“Good news! We’ve finally turned the corner on Iraq and everything is starting to go our way!”

““I think we have made significant progress [in Iraq].”
-Vice-President Dick Cheney, January 27, 2007

“If you look at what’s transpired in Iraq, Chris, we’ve made enormous progress.”
-Vice-President Dick Cheney, January 14, 2007

“Whoo hoo! Sing it Ethel!”

“You'll be swell! You'll be great!

Gonna have the whole world on the plate!
Starting here, starting now,
honey, everything's coming up roses!”
-Ethel Merman, “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”

“It's Lieutenant Hurwitz. Severe shell-shock. Thinks he's Ethel Merman.”
-Lt. Ted Striker, Airplane

“Oh.. not so well after all..”

“A suicide bomber killed 135 people on Saturday in the deadliest single bombing in Iraq since the 2003 war, driving a truck laden with one ton of explosives into a market in a mainly Shi'ite area of Baghdad.”
-Reuters, February 3, 2007

“The insurgency is tough, but we are still in control.”

“Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, the chief American military spokesman in Iraq, told reporters on Sunday that the four US helicopters that were first reported to have crashed in Iraq since Jan. 20 were actually shot down by enemy fire.
This is the first time that the US military has publicly acknowledged that the four US helicopters were lost to enemy fire and not to crashes as announced earlier.
He said that ‘it does appear they were all the result of some kind of anti-Iraqi ground fire that did bring those helicopters down.’
‘There's been an ongoing effort since we've been here to target our helicopters,’ Caldwell said. ‘Based on what we have seen, we're already making adjustments in our tactics and techniques and procedures as to how we employ our helicopters."
Four US helicopters including one private helicopter were reported to have crashed in Iraq since January 20.”
-RTT News, February 2, 2007

“Ok.. So we are losing a few copters. The insurgency is a little rough and apparently has access to one ton bombs, but, working with the Iraqi military, we’ll soon have this all wrapped up.”

“Several Iraqis have been detained for questioning in the ongoing investigation of at least two senior Iraqi generals suspected of involvement in an insurgent attack that killed five American soldiers on Jan. 20, U.S. officials told FOX News on Thursday.”
-FOX News, February 1, 2007

“Unless the Iraqi generals are actually working for the enemy. Hmm.. That must be why we need more troops. We can’t trust the Iraqis to defend their country from themselves. We just need to send those 21,000 extra combat troops and everything will be fine.”

“Over the past few years , DoD’s practice has been to deploy a total of about 9,500 personnel per combat brigade to the Iraq theater, including about 4,000 combat troops and about 5,500 supporting troops.
DoD has not yet indicated which support units will be deployed along with the added combat forces, or how many additional troops will be involved. Army and DoD officials have indicated that it will be both possible and desirable to deploy fewer additional support units than historical practice would indicate. CBO expects that, even if the additional brigades required fewer support units than historical practice suggests, those units would still represent a significant additional number of military personnel.
To reflect some of the uncertainty about the number of support troops, CBO developed its estimates on the basis of two alternative assumptions. In one scenario, CBO assumed that additional support troops would be deployed in the same proportion to combat troops that currently exists in Iraq. That approach would require about 28,000 support troops in addition to the 20,000 combat troops—a total of 48,000. CBO also presents an alternative scenario that would include a smaller number of support personnel—about 3,000 per combat brigade—totaling about 15,000 support personnel and bringing the total additional forces to about 35,000.”
-Congressional Budget Office Report, February 1, 2007

“Ok.. It may be a few more than 21,000 overall troops, but we have the soldiers and we are ready to do what needs to be done.”

“Soldiers of the 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division had so little time between deployments to Iraq they had to cram more than a year's worth of training into four months.
Some had only a few days to learn how to fire their new rifles before they deployed to Iraq -- for the third time -- last month. They had no access to the heavily armored vehicles they will be using in Iraq, so they trained on a handful of old military trucks instead. And some soldiers were assigned to the brigade so late that they had no time to train in the United States at all. Instead of the yearlong training recommended prior to deployment, they prepared for war during the two weeks they spent in Kuwait, en route to Anbar, Iraq's deadliest province.
As the Pentagon prepares to boost troop levels in Iraq by 21,500 people, such logistical and training hurdles are emblematic of the struggles besieging a military strained by unexpectedly long and grueling commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
-San Francisco Chronicle, February 4, 2007

“Ok.. So we’re going through a tough patch. Don’t worry, we’re going to focus on the Iraq issue until this is resolved.”

“With respect to Iran, first of all, the president has made clear; the secretary of State has made clear; I've made clear -- nobody is planning -- we are not planning for a war with Iran.”
-Defense Secretary William Gates, February 2, 2007

“See? Nothing to worry about.”

“The United States has no plans to invade Iraq or any other country, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Friday, but he refused to discuss the Bush administration's thinking about how to deal with Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.”
-Associated Press, May 24, 2002


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