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

Monday, July 30, 2007

Quotes of the Morning: Gratitude

“PELLEY: Do you think you owe the Iraqi people an apology for not doing a better job? DUBYA: That we didn't do a better job or they didn't do a better job?
PELLEY: Well, that the United States did not do a better job in providing security after the invasion.
DUBYA: Not at all. I am proud of the efforts we did. We liberated that country from a tyrant. I think the Iraqi people owe the American people a huge debt of gratitude, and I believe most Iraqis express that. I mean, the people understand that we've endured great sacrifice to help them. That's the problem here in America. They wonder whether or not there is a gratitude level that's significant enough in Iraq.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, January 12, 2007

“Dang straight. Stupid Iraqis don’t appreciate all the hard work that we’ve done for them!”
-Skippy

“About 8 million Iraqis — nearly a third of the population — need immediate emergency aid because of the humanitarian crisis caused by the war, relief agencies said Monday. Those Iraqis are in urgent need of water, sanitation, food and shelter, said the report by Oxfam and the NGO Coordination Committee network in Iraq.

The report said 15 percent of Iraqis cannot regularly afford to eat, and 70 percent are without adequate water supplies, up from 50 percent in 2003. It also said 28 percent of children are malnourished, compared with 19 percent before the 2003 invasion.
‘Basic services, ruined by years of war and sanctions, cannot meet the needs of the Iraqi people,’ said Jeremy Hobbs, the director of Oxfam International. ‘Millions of Iraqis have been forced to flee the violence, either to another part of Iraq or abroad. Many of those are living in dire poverty.’"
-Associated Press, July 30, 2007

“The United States often promotes the number of rebuilding projects, such as power plants and hospitals, that have been completed in Iraq, citing them as signs of progress in a nation otherwise fraught with violence and political stalemate. But closer examination by the inspector general's office, headed by Stuart W. Bowen Jr., has found that a number of individual projects are crumbling, abandoned or otherwise inoperative only months after the United States declares that they have been successfully completed. The United States always intended to hand over projects to the Iraqi government when they were completed.
[…]
In fact, in the first two quarters of 2007, Bowen said, his inspectors found significant problems in all but two of the 12 projects they examined after the United States declared those projects completed.
In one of the most recent cases, a $90 million project to overhaul two giant turbines at the Dora power plant in Baghdad failed after completion because employees at the plant did not know how to operate the turbines properly and the wrong fuel was used. The additional power is critically needed in Baghdad, where residents often have only a few hours of electricity a day.
[…]
Barton said that the episode was probably inevitable given that the elected Iraqi government operated mainly within the fortified Green Zone in Baghdad and had little capability of managing thousands of new projects around the country.”
-International Herald Tribune, July 27, 2007

“Hey, we’ve treated those Iraqis with the same respect and concern that we’ve shown the rest of the world. I don’t know why anyone is surprised.”
-Skippy

“A surgeon general's report in 2006 that called on Americans to help tackle global health problems has been kept from the public by a Bush political appointee without any background or expertise in medicine or public health, chiefly because the report did not promote the administration's policy accomplishments, according to current and former public health officials.
The report described the link between poverty and poor health, urged the U.S. government to help combat widespread diseases as a key aim of its foreign policy, and called on corporations to help improve health conditions in the countries where they operate.”
-Washington Post, July 29, 2007

“If there is one thing that the Bush Administration has shown us, it is that there are no links between poverty and poor health.”
-Skippy

“Corporate control of health care inevitably puts money, rather than well-being, at the system's bottom line. That's the premise of Michael Moore's Sicko, the film that has recently cast light on the ugly reality that millions of people in the world's wealthiest country are without the medical attention they need.
The statistics are startling. A 2004 report by the S.C. Department of Insurance found that 19.4 percent of our state's citizens are uninsured, and we rank 46th in overall health nationwide. One in nine American children is without insurance, a condition passed on like a disease from uninsured parents. Insurance premiums have risen 58 percent over the last seven years, while incomes have grown only 2 percent”
-Charleston City Paper, July 25, 2007

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