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

Monday, April 23, 2007

Quotes of the Morning: Keep 'Em Separated

“Well, listen, we’ve never been stay the course, George. We have been – we will complete the mission, we will do our job and complete the goal, but we’re constantly adjusting tactics, constantly.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush on “This Week”, October 22, 2006

‘It may seem that things are the same in Iraq as they have been for a while, but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, we are constantly changing tactics! Like this one.. Remember back when our goal was to train the Iraqi troops to take over their country?”
-Skippy

“Our strategy can be summed up this way: As the Iraqis stand up, we will stand down. And when our commanders on the ground tell me that the Iraqi forces can defend their freedom, our troops will come home with the honor they have earned.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, November 14, 2005

“Well that wasn’t working, so now we have some new tactics.”
-Skippy

“Military planners have abandoned the idea that standing up Iraqi troops will enable American soldiers to start coming home soon and now believe that U.S. troops will have to defeat the insurgents and secure control of troubled provinces.

Training Iraqi troops, which had been the cornerstone of the Bush administration's Iraq policy since 2005, has dropped in priority, officials in Baghdad and Washington said.”
-McClatchy Newspapers, April 19, 2007

“You see, there was a little problem with the previous tactics: They weren’t working. Luckily we have someone in charge that is clear-headed and decisive. Someone that isn’t afraid to make the hard decisions.”
-Skippy

"I hear the voices. And I read the front page. And I know the speculation. But I'm the decider. And I decide what is best. And what's best is for Don Rumsfeld to remain as the secretary of defense."
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, April 18, 2006

“That’s right! The Decider! Right now though he seems to be maintaining his secret identity..”
-Skippy

“My job is a job to make decisions. I'm a decision -- if the job description were, what do you do -- it's decision-maker.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, April 19, 2007

“If we can’t train the Iraqis to take over the job of stopping the insurgents we’ll just have to do it ourselves. We aren’t going to rest until the insurgency and suicide bombings are gone.”
-Skippy

“Many parts of Iraq are stable now. But, uh, of course, what we see on television is the one bombing a day that discourages everyone.”
-Laura Bush, February 26, 2007

“If the definition of success in Iraq or anywhere is no suicide bombers, we'll never be successful.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, April 19, 2007

“Oops. I guess we aren’t going to get rid of the suicide bombings after all. Maybe we can just work it out so that they can deal with the problem. If we can get it to the point where the Iraqis can just deal with a few suicide bombings a week we can claim victory and leave. I seem to remember our military working on something to help keep the two religious factions apart..”
-Skippy

“U.S. soldiers with the 82nd Airborne Division in a Baghdad district are ‘building a three-mile protective wall on the dividing line between a Sunni enclave and the surrounding Shiite neighborhood,’ according to a U.S. military press release issued Wednesday.
Troops with the 407th Brigade Support Battalion began constructing the wall on April 10 and will continue work ‘almost nightly until the wall is complete,’ the release read.
‘The area the wall will protect is the largest predominately Sunni neighborhood in East Baghdad. Majority-Shiite neighborhoods surround it on three sides. Like other religiously divided regions in the city, the area has been trapped in a spiral of sectarian violence and retaliation,’ according to the release.
In January, when the new Baghdad security plan and troop ‘surge’ were announced, the ‘gated community’ concept was reported by several news agencies as one tactic to be used.
[…]
According to Wednesday’s news release from Multi-National Corps-Iraq, ‘the wall [in Adhamiyah] is one of the centerpieces of a new strategy by coalition and Iraqi forces to break the cycle of sectarian violence. Planners hope the creation of the wall will help restore law and order by providing a way to screen people entering and exiting the neighborhood — allowing residents and people with legitimate business in, while keeping death squads and militia groups out.’
A similar effort by U.S. troops in south Baghdad was reported earlier this month by the Wall Street Journal.
‘That community [in Adhamiyah] will be completely gated and protected,’ Lt. Col. Thomas Rogers, 407th Brigade Support Battalion, was quoted as saying in the release. ‘It’s really for the security of all the people of Adhamiyah, not just one side or the other.’
According to military officials, the Adhamiyah wall should be completed in the next month.”
-Stars and Stripes, April 19, 2007

“Sure! A wall! We can separate Baghdad just like Berlin was during the Cold War! That would be a wonderful example of how to keep the peace.”
-Skippy

“Iraq's prime minister said Sunday that he has ordered a halt to the U.S. construction of a barrier separating a Sunni enclave from surrounding Shiite areas in Baghdad after fierce criticism over the project at home.
The challenge to the U.S. initiative came as Nouri al-Maliki began a regional tour to shore up support from mostly Sunni Arab nations for his Shiite-dominated government as sectarian violence persists despite a nearly 10-week-old security crackdown.
The U.S. military announced last week that it was building a five kilometer (three mile) long and 3.6 meter (12 foot) tall concrete wall in Azamiyah, a Sunni stronghold in northern Baghdad whose residents have often been the victims of retaliatory mortar attacks by Shiite militants following bombings usually blamed on insurgents.
U.S. and Iraqi officials defended plans for the barrier as an effort to protect the neighborhood, but residents and Sunni leaders complained it was a form of discrimination that would isolate the community and a large protest was scheduled for Monday in the area.”
-Associated Press, April 22, 2007

“Those darn Iraqis. They should know better. If you don’t stand up, you don’t get to tell us how to take control of your country.”
-Skippy

“By the time you hear the siren

It's already too late
One goes to the morgue and the other to jail
One guy's wasted and the other's a waste

It goes down the same as a thousand before
No one's getting smarter
No one's learning the score
Your never ending spree of death a violence and hate
Is gonna tie your own rope
Is gonna tie your own rope
Is gonna tie your own rope

Hey man you talkin' back to me?

Take him out
You gotta keep 'em separated
Hey man you disrespecting me?
Take him out
You gotta keep 'em separated
Hey they don't pay no mind
If you're under 18 you won't be doing any time
Hey come out and play”
-Offspring, “Come Out and Play”

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