Friday, November 10, 2006
Quotes From All Over
I'm not sure if other people feel what I feel. I'm not certain that other people feel that something is really missing in our increasingly technological society.The Adventures of Chester posted a roundup of quotes about the Iraq "situation", including this Pelosi quote:
I have nothing against technology. I have nothing against progress, but I have something against progress at the sake of our precious humanity.
What are the elements of our humanity? Service, love, sacrifice and courage are a good start. Leadership without service is empty and crumbles.
The point is, this isn't a war to win, it's a situation to be solved. And you define winning any way you want, but you must solve the problem.It's hard to redefine a bullet, but then she's not the one getting shot at. Chester seems to like this idea:
This is the golden window for not only making significant changes, but for also building bipartisan consensus, before the show trials begin in January. If the Democrats are on board with an Iraq plan, even the media will drag themselves kicking and screaming toward slightly better coverage. They know where their bread is buttered.The comments on Chester's post are superb; please read them. They have ideas, including this by Nichevo (excerpted):
James Baker is a brilliant diplomat and should not be misunderestimated. The events in the next week will spell salvation or doom in Mesopotamia.
Meanwhile, "all hands on deck" (or what I call "flood the zone") is I think a clear and constructive option. Balls to the wall, no more excuses on troop strength, saturate the hot zones and root 'em out but good. Handover to the Iraqis, rinse, repeat.Sorry, Nichevo, this is what the "genius Dem Congress" has planned about the walking-around money:
Dear genius Dem Congress, please budget extra $ for the deployments, also:
$ for local walking-around money - I forget the name of that effective US program.
$ for reconstruction as I imagine there will be an awful lotta rubble when complete.
Rep. Ike Skelton knows what he will do in one of his first acts as chairman of the Armed Services Committee in the Democratic-led House: resurrect the subcommittee on oversight and investigations.Al-Qaeda has released an audio tape supposedly by Al-Masri (whom the Iraqis say they have in custody) celebrating the election and Rumsfeld's departure:
The panel was disbanded by the Republicans after they won control of Congress in 1994. Now, Skelton (D-Mo.) intends to use it as a forum to probe Pentagon spending and the Bush administration's conduct of the Iraq war.
It has been 12 years since Democrats were in control of both the House and Senate. But they are looking to make up for lost time, and in some cases, make the Bush administration and its business allies sweat.
Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, also known as Abu Ayyub al-Masri, said in the recording posted on the Internet on Friday that the group had 12,000 armed fighters and 10,000 others waiting to be equipped to fight U.S. troops in Iraq.DU had an interesting set of reactions to that tape:
"I tell the lame duck (U.S. administration) do not rush to escape as did your defense minister...stay on the battle ground," he said.
"I swear by God we shall not rest from jihad until we...blow up the filthiest house known as the White House," the voice on the recording said.
12. Rove is on the phone now yelling "@*%! I told you I needed those tapes for LAST weekend, not THIS weekend!!!"Like Syria and Iran? This is working so wonderfully well in Lebanon? Well, possibly from the DU point of view it is, because Khameini's claim that the Democratic Congress is a victory for Iran was greeted with a group sing-along of "We Are the World" at DU:
8. reason Bolton needs to go and Bush MUST eat humble pie
now is time to have others help in this mess Bush and company created. None of the "KMA" behavior will work, real DIPLOMACY now get the Arab nations to help police this country and help it back to order.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday called U.S. President George W. Bush's defeat in congressional elections a victory for Iran.DU:
"This issue (the elections) is not a purely domestic issue for America, but it is the defeat of Bush's hawkish policies in the world," Khamenei said in remarks reported by Iran's student news agency ISNA on Friday.
"Since Washington's hostile and hawkish policies have always been against the Iranian nation, this defeat is actually an obvious victory for the Iranian nation."
1. Hopefully, its a victory for the WORLD(I thought I heard Gaia warbling away in the background!)
2. A victory for the people of the world...and the planet itself.
3. Pretty much the entire world thinks it's a victory for the entire world.Israel is not coming off well on DU these days; the prevailing theory seems to match pretty well with Khameini's. I quote, you decide. Kobayashi Maru is worried. Dr. Sanity blogged from the hospital about the situation.
Europe, Russia, China, Venezuala, Iraq, Iran... The only country I've heard whining about it is Israel.
That wasn't Gaia warbling, it was me groaning!
This was more of a high-pitched ululating.
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