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

Friday, July 13, 2007

Quotes of the Morning: Fearless Leader Speaks

“President Bush on Thursday acknowledged publicly for the first time that someone in his administration likely leaked the name of a CIA operative, although he also said he hopes the controversy over his decision to spare prison for a former White House aide has ‘run its course.’
‘And now we're going to move on,’ Bush said in a White House news conference.
The president had initially said he would fire anyone in his administration found to have publicly disclosed the identity of Valerie Plame, the wife of former Ambassador Joseph Wilson and a CIA operative. Ten days ago, Bush commuted the 30-month sentence given to I. Lewis ‘Scooter’ Libby by a federal judge in connection with the case.”
-Associated Press, July 12, 2007

“Ah.. so Fearless Leader, the man who blocked all investigation of this case for several years and then commuted the sentence of a criminal who was found covering up evidence via perjury, has finally accepted that he has a criminal working for him (after swearing that he would ‘take care of’ whoever leaked the information)… and he is cool with that. That is some rather severe cognitive dissonance there. Usually only Fox News can provide that level of reasoning.”
-Skippy

"The Scooter Libby decision was, I thought, a fair and balanced decision,"
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, July 12, 2007

“Ah.. There you go. Fearless Leader also spoke yesterday on the good news in Iraq.”
-Skippy

“The Iraqi government has made only mixed progress toward fulfilling goals for political, military and economic reform, the Bush administration said Thursday in a report certain to inflame debate in Congress future U.S. war strategy.
At a news conference that coincided with the report's release, President Bush said he saw ‘cause for optimism’ in its efforts.”
-MSNBC, July 12, 2007

“See, they have only made any real progress towards eight of 18 goals, but that is still a cause for optimism. Of course meeting ANY of the goals would have been the best news, but when life gives you lemons, make an unendurable hellhole for our troops to be stuck in I always say. It isn’t the insurgency that is the problem though.. No, civil war has nothing to do with our problems in Iraq. Those problems are all caused by outsiders getting involved in Iraq (like we are I guess). Foreign terrorists are our enemies!”
-Skippy

“The same folks that are bombing innocent people in Iraq were the ones who attacked us in America on September the 11th, and that's why what happens in Iraq matters to the security here at home.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, July 12, 2007

“Really? The same folks? Aren’t the people who hijacked those airplanes, you know… dead?”
-Skippy

“And the guys who had perpetuated the attacks on America -- obviously, the guys on the airplane are dead, and the commanders, many of those are either dead or in captivity, like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, July 12, 2007

“’There is a perception in the coverage that Al Qaeda may be as strong today as they were prior to September the 11th,’ Bush said. ‘That's just simply not the case. I think the report will say, since 2001, not prior to September the 11th, 2001, because of the actions we have taken, Al Qaeda is weaker today than they would have been.’”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, July 12, 2007

“So we’re winning in our War on Terra? Good, because it sounds like things are pretty bad..”
-Skippy

“A new National Intelligence Estimate presents a sobering analysis of terrorism threats to the United States, concluding that Al Qaeda has reconstituted its core structure along the Pakistani border and may now be a stronger and more resilient organization today than it appeared a year ago, according to three U.S. intelligence officials familiar with the draft document.
-Newsweek, July 11, 2007

“Leaks of a US intelligence report show Al Qaeda's operating capabilities are at their strongest since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The report suggests the network has rebuilt itself despite a six-year campaign to dismantle it.”
-ABC News, July 13, 2007

“So what you are saying is that the ‘perception in the coverage’ is incorrect, though that coverage is based upon your own intelligence reports? I guess that you really can’t believe everything that you read.”
-Skippy

“Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the US”
-Presidential Daily Briefing, August 6, 2001

“At least I hope that you aren’t just skipping through the reports just looking for the pictures. No, we are winning the War on Terra, and we are winning the War in Iraq. Our successes are entirely due to Fearless Leader, while our failures.. well, someone else made those problems.”
-Skippy

“I mean, one of the questions is, should we have sent more in the beginning? Well, I asked that question, do you need more, to General Tommy Franks. In the first phase of this operation, General Franks was obviously in charge, and during our discussions in the run up to the decision to remove Saddam Hussein after he ignored the Security Council resolutions. My primary question to General Franks was, do you have what it takes to succeed? And do you have what it takes to succeed after you succeed in removing Saddam Hussein? And his answer was, yes. Now, history is going to look back to determine whether or not there might have been a different decision made. But at the time, the only thing I can tell you, Wendell, is that I relied upon our military commander to make the proper decision about troop strength.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, July 12, 2007

“But, despite the apparent difficulties with our success in Iraq, we need to stay longer, because Fearless Leader cannot afford to listen to the majority of the American people.”
-Skippy

“In other words, if our troops said, well, here we are in combat, and we've got a Commander-in-Chief who is running a focus group -- in other words, politics is more important to him than our safety and/or our strategy -- that would dispirit our troops.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, July 12, 2007

“Yes, removing the troops from a 360 degree combat zone in Iraq would be bad because it might hurt their feelings. Unlike, you know, IEDs and rifles, which only hurt their bodies and may kill or cripple them for life. Well said Fearless Leader.. Well said.”
-Skippy

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