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Four Color Politics

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

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Quotes of the Morning: The Enemy of My Enemy

“Hey, guess what? We have a new strategy again!”

“The US military has embarked on a new and risky strategy in Iraq by arming Sunni insurgents in the hope that they will tackle the extremist al-Qaida in Iraq.
The US high command this month gave permission to its officers on the ground to negotiate arms deals with local leaders. Arms, ammunition, body armour and other equipment, as well as cash, pick-up trucks and fuel, have already been handed over in return for promises to turn on al-Qaida and not attack US troops.”
-Guardian (UK), June 12, 2007

“We’re going to arm the Sunni insurgents and hope that they attack al-Qaida instead of us.. Brilliant!”

"’This is a defining moment for us,’ said Kuehl, who commands the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, attached to the 1st Infantry Division.
But aligning Americans with fighters whose long-term agenda remains unclear -- with regard to either Americans or the Shiite-led government -- is also a strategy born of desperation. It contradicts repeated declarations by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki that no groups besides the Iraqi and American security forces are allowed to bear arms. And some American soldiers worry that standing up a Sunni militia could have dire consequences if the group turns on its U.S. partners.
‘We have made a deal with the devil,’ said an intelligence officer in the battalion.
-Washington Post, June 9, 2007

“Sure, it may not seem too bright, but the people that we are arming are all highly trained military professionals.”

“Ali Hatem Ali Suleiman, a leader of the Sunni Dulaimi tribe who works in Anbar and Baghdad, said many of the fighters in Amiriyah belong to the Islamic Army, which includes former officers from Saddam Hussein's military and is more secular than other insurgent groups. The fighters have been organized and encouraged by local imams.”
-Washington Post, June 9, 2007

“See? They’re more secular than the other insurgent groups. They’re cut from the same cloth as our old friend Saddam Hussein (the guy that we armed during his war with Iran), so we have a good history with these guys and know what to expect. Plus, they promise that they won’t come after us..”

“Let’s be honest, the enemy now is not the Americans, for the time being.”
-Ali Hatem Ali Suleiman, Sunni militia leader

“…yet. Still, I’m sure that this will work out better than Saddam did when we armed him to fight against Iran, or Osama when we armed him to fight against the Soviets in Afghanistan.”

“What, me worry?”
-Alfred E. Newman


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