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

Friday, May 25, 2007

Quotes of the Morning: Iran So Far Away

“President Bush said Thursday he would work with allies to beef up sanctions on Iran after a new U.N. report said Tehran is accelerating its uranium enrichment program in defiance of international demands.
‘We need to strengthen our sanctions regime,’ Bush said in a Rose Garden news conference. Leaders of Iran ‘continue to be defiant as to the demands of the free world,’ he said.
The president said he had directed Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to work with European partners to ‘develop further sanctions.’”
-MSNBC, May 24, 2007

“Thank goodness Fearless Leader has stepped away from rhetoric like this…”

“In interviews, two senior administration officials separately compared the Tehran government to the Nazis and the Guard to the ‘SS.’ They also referred to Guard members as ‘terrorists.’ Such a formal designation could turn Iran's military into a target of what Bush calls a ‘war on terror,’ with its members potentially held as enemy combatants or in secret CIA detention.”
-Washington Post, January 26, 2007

“…and towards a more rational way of looking at the situation, like sanctions. I mean, let’s face it, sanctions were working pretty darn well against Saddam. Under sanctions he was unable to restart his nuclear or chemical weapons programs (not that it stopped us from invading). Sanctions have the advantage of working against a nation without creating a failed state lacking a working government at all.”

“We have passed one Security Council resolution, demanding that Iran cease its enrichment activities. We will see what the response is. We're beginning to get some indication, but we'll wait until they have a formal response. The U.N. resolution calls for us to come back together on the 31st of August. The dates -- dates are fine, but what really matters is will. And one of the things I will continue to remind our friends and allies is the danger of a nuclear-armed Iran.
But, no, you're right, this is a -- they're a central part of creating instability, trying to stop reformers from realizing dreams. And the question facing this country is, will -- do we, one, understand the threat to America? In other words, do we understand that a failed -- failed states in the Middle East are a direct threat to our country's security? And secondly, will we continue to stay engaged in helping reformers, in working to advance liberty, to defeat an ideology that doesn't believe in freedom?”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, August 21, 2006

“See? We don’t want to create a failed state in the Middle East. Oops, I mean ANOTHER failed state in the Middle East. We want to work with reformers and try to bring these nations around, not try to destabilize the governments in power there.”

“The CIA has received secret presidential approval to mount a covert ‘black’ operation to destabilize the Iranian government, current and former officials in the intelligence community tell the Blotter on ABCNews.com.
The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the subject, say President Bush has signed a ‘nonlethal presidential finding’ that puts into motion a CIA plan that reportedly includes a coordinated campaign of propaganda, disinformation and manipulation of Iran's currency and international financial transactions.”
-ABC News, May 22, 2007

“Um.. I guess we do want ‘regime change’ in Iran after all. You know, Iran is much larger than Iraq, and, up until we put them on the Axis of Evil, they were on the path of becoming one of the more progressive nations in the region. Of course when we called them ‘evil’ the hard-liners in Iran took that as a sign that they were under attack and used that excuse to gain more power (stop me if this sounds familiar). Now we are apparently trying to create chaos there too. Hopefully, with Fearless Leader’s help, Iran can become the success story that Iraq has become.”

“From the beginning of May until Tuesday, 321 unidentified corpses, many dumped and showing signs of torture and execution, have been found across the Iraqi capital, according to morgue data provided by a Health Ministry official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information. The data showed that the same number of bodies were found in all of January, the month before the launch of the Baghdad security plan.”
-Washington Post, May 23, 2007


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