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Four Color Politics

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

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Quotes of the Morning: Local Politics

“President George W. Bush would like to see a lengthy U.S. troop presence in Iraq like the one in South Korea to provide stability but not in a frontline combat role, the White House said on Wednesday.
The United States has had thousands of U.S. troops in South Korea to guard against a North Korean invasion for 50 years.”
-Reuters, May 30, 2007

“Of course the major difference between the two would be that the South Koreans kind of like us hanging out there and preventing the North Koreans from invading. Many of the Iraqi people (including those actively trying to kill us at the moment) on the other hand would prefer it if we get the hell out as soon as humanly possible.”

“A majority of members of Iraq's parliament have signed a draft bill that would require a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. soldiers from Iraq and freeze current troop levels. The development was a sign of a growing division between Iraq's legislators and prime minister that mirrors the widening gulf between the Bush administration and its critics in Congress.
The draft bill proposes a timeline for a gradual departure, much like what some U.S. Democratic lawmakers have demanded, and would require the Iraqi government to secure parliament's approval before any further extensions of the U.N. mandate for foreign troops in Iraq, which expires at the end of 2007.”
-Washington Post, May 11, 2007

“Well, that sounds like they kind of want us to go instead of stick around for the next 50 years or so.. Didn’t Fearless Leader say that he’d leave if asked?”

“President Bush said in an interview on Thursday that he would withdraw American forces from Iraq if the new government that is elected on Sunday asked him to do so, but that he expected Iraq’s first democratically elected leaders would want the troops to remain as helpers, not as occupiers.”
-New York Times, November 21, 2005

“That was back in 2005. A lot has changed since then. Maybe Fearless Leader doesn’t want to listen to the Iraqi government anymore.”

“We are there at the invitation of the Iraqi government. This is a sovereign nation. Twelve million people went to the polls to approve a constitution. It’s their government’s choice. If they were to say, leave, we would leave.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, May 24, 2007

“No.. That’s not it. I wonder why the Administration isn’t listening?”

“RUSSERT: But if the duly elected people's bodies, the U.S Congress and the Iraqi Parliament, say they want a troop withdrawal, that's more than a poll. Isn't that the voice of the people?

MCCAIN: As far as the Iraqi Parliament is concerned, the Iraqi government obviously doesn't feel that way there … second of all, there is a certain amount of domestic political calculations involved there in what the Iraqi ‘Parliament’ said.”
-John McCain Interview on ‘Meet the Press’, May 14, 2007

“Ah! The Iraqi government is just trying to get us to leave because of domestic politics. Nothing to worry about. As long as we can just keep ignoring the politics of the situation we can stay in Iraq for another 50 years. All we have to do is ignore their politicians asking us to leave (and the people trying to kill our troops). After all, if we left Iraq it would mean that we were allowing politics to get in the way of waging a war, and if there is one thing that Fearless Leader has been perfectly clear about it has been this...”

“You cannot tolerate in a society the ability of people to take innocent life to achieve political objectives.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, March 11, 2007

“No, no, no.. Not that one. The one where he said that politics should stay out of fighting a war.”

"I learned some good lessons from Vietnam. First, there must be a clear mission. Secondly, the politics ought to stay out of fighting a war. There was too much politics during the Vietnam War. There was too much concern in the White House about political standing.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, March 13, 2002

“Yes that one! We all know that Fearless Leader would never let Iraqi politics get in the way of His war.”


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