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Four Color Politics

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

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Quotes of the Morning: He Hit the Trifecta!

“Yesterday was another bad day for Fearless Leader. First, the courts told him that he apparently he NOT king after all.”

“The Bush administration cannot use new anti-terrorism laws to keep U.S. residents locked up indefinitely without charging them, a divided federal appeals court said Monday.
The ruling was a harsh rebuke of one of the central tools the administration believes it has to combat terror.
‘To sanction such presidential authority to order the military to seize and indefinitely detain civilians, even if the president calls them ‘enemy combatants,’ would have disastrous consequences for the Constitution — and the country,’ the court panel said.”
-Associated Press, June 11, 2007

“Then his first war had a bad day.”

“U.S. forces mistakenly killed seven Afghan police and wounded four in an apparent friendly fire incident early Tuesday in eastern Afghanistan, Afghan officials said.
“Police manning a remote checkpoint in Nangarhar province said an American convoy backed by helicopters approached and opened fire despite their protests and calls for them to stop.”
-Associated Press, June 12, 2007

“And finally, the insurgents in Iraq seem to be doing an increasingly good job of using their bombings for maximum effect..”

“With a thunderous rumble and cloud of dust and smoke, a suicide car bomb brought down a section of highway bridge south of Baghdad on Sunday, killing three U.S. soldiers and wounding six from a checkpoint guarding the crossing and blocking traffic on Iraq's main north-south artery.”
-CBS/AP, June 11, 2007

“Imagine that.. Someone committed suicide to blow up a bridge. Scary. And this is in spite of the ‘surge’ that was going to stop, or at least slow, the violence in Baghdad.”

“Three months after additional U.S. troops began pouring into Baghdad in the most recent effort to stanch violence in Iraq's capital, military observers are fretting that the same problems that torpedoed last summer's Baghdad security plan are cropping up again.
Violence is on the rise, Iraqi troops aren't showing up to secure neighborhoods, U.S. troops are having to revisit neighborhoods they'd already cleared, and Iraq's politicians haven't met any of their benchmarks.
With expectations high in Washington for a September assessment from new Iraq commander Army Gen. David Petraeus, military officials in Iraq already are saying they'll need more time.
One thing is already clear, however: The additional U.S. troops haven't yet had a major impact on reducing violence.”
“The number of bodies found on Baghdad's streets declined in March and April after the surge began on Feb. 15, but it shot back up to an even higher level in May. So far this month, 206 unidentified corpses have been found in the capital, compared with 176 in the first eight days of May.”
-McClatchy Newspapers, June 8, 2007

“This is just because the insurgents are desperate. They know that the ‘surge’ will create peace and harmony and bunnies and squirrels will we be everywhere. Let’s let the military say it..”

“In other news from Iraq, Multinational Force Iraq officials today condemned yesterday’s bombing at the Transportation Department in Tikrit.

‘These attacks were directed against Iraqi people and their infrastructure, and clearly show the desperate nature of these attackers intent on disrupting the Iraqi economy and intimidating innocent civilians,’ the statement read.”
-American Forces Press Service, June 11, 2007

“See? Desperate.”

“Sheriff Bart: Folks, can’t you see that this is the last act of a desperate man? Howard Johnson: We don’t care if it’s the first act of Henry V. We’re leaving!”
-Blazing Saddles


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