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

Friday, May 04, 2007

Quotes of the Morning: Double Your Standards, Double Your Fun

“Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met on Thursday with her Syrian counterpart in the first high-level diplomatic contact between Washington and Damascus in more than two years.”
-New York Times, May 3, 2007

“Really? The first high-level diplomatic contact in years? Funny.. I remember something fairly recently..”

“ With a final stop in Lisbon on Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi headed home to a Washington that is still ringing with complaints from senior Bush officials that her stop in Damascus to visit with Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, bolstered the image of Syria at a time when United States policy is to isolate it.
The tone of the complaints — particularly Vice President Dick Cheney’s public characterization of her visit as ‘bad behavior’ — contrasts sharply with the administration’s silence about a similar trip to Damascus a week ago by Republican lawmakers, Representatives Frank R. Wolf of Virginia, Joe Pitts of Pennsylvania and Robert B. Aderholt of Alabama.”
-New York Times, April 6, 2007

“Huh.. I could have sworn that the Speaker of the House of Representatives (second in line for the Presidency after ‘Dick’ Cheney) was a high-level politician. I guess I was wrong. Why was that ‘bad behavior’ Mr. Vice-Fearless Leader?”

“The president is the one who conducts foreign policy, not the speaker of the House."
-Vice President “Dick” Cheney, April 5, 2007

“And a fantaaaastic job he is doing sir. You know, it’s kind of odd that the press hasn’t made a big deal of all of this. I mean, when Pelosi went over last month it was scandalous.”

“But never fear, here comes the San Francisco speaker. Now, it's bad enough that before she left, the speaker wouldn't bring to a vote a Republican resolution condemning Iran for this new hostage crisis. Instead, she decides to spend her spring break frolicking with Tehran's terrorist minions. But when you come from a city that bans military recruiters and teaches schoolchildren using left-wing books with anti-war propaganda cartoons, I guess playing volleyball with terrorists -- well, it doesn't seem like too much of a stretch. And that's the state of America tonight.”
-Sean Hannity, April 1, 2007

“SCHIEFFER: Let me ask you, speaking of the war, and Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House, has left for the Middle East, and she's also going to Syria. Now, the president hasn't been too anxious to talk to Syria about what's going on there. Apparently she is. What do you think of that mission?
BARTLETT: Well, we were against it, to be frank. We don't believe we should be sending these types of mixed signals to the leaders of a country that is on the ‘state sponsor of terrorism’ list for a good reason. But they are --
SCHIEFFER: Did you ask her not to go?
SCHIEFFER: You did ask her not to go?
BARTLETT: We did ask her not to go. We did not believe it would advance the diplomatic efforts in the Middle East. I think most Americans would not think that the leader of the Democratic Party in the Congress should be meeting with the heads of a state sponsor of terror. They should be back in Washington and passing a war supplemental bill to make sure that our troops in harm's way get the funding they need.”
-Face the Nation interview with White House Councilor Ban Bartlett, April 1, 2007

“Wow. Talking to Syria would send mixed signals. All the pundits agree. Apparently talking to Syria would go against the U.S. strategy of isolating them..”

“The United States, which considers Syria a state sponsor of terrorism, has struggled to isolate Syria as a strategy to change it.”
-New York Times, May 3, 2007

“Yep. Isolation. And this would matter because?”

"If you feed a terrorist or fund a terrorist, you're a terrorist"
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, October 17, 2001

“Terror must be stopped. No nation can negotiate with terrorists. For there is no way to make peace with those whose only goal is death.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, April 13, 2004

“Wow.. I think that Condi just met with terrorists. I don’t understand it.. Why does she hate America so much? And why doesn’t anyone in the media see how she is undermining U.S. policy?”


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