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May 28, 2004

“If we muddle through in Iraq and some semidemocratic nation slowly emerges, it won’t be because of American skill. It will be because the democratic creed is so strong it can withstand the highest incompetence.”
(More like this in: Iraq) .:link:.
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“This steadily wavering image is at the core of the decline in your approval ratings. Americans stop supporting wars not because of body counts alone but because they become convinced their leaders do not know what they are doing.”
(More like this in: Iraq) .:link:.
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“We’re not just talking about stress positions or even a little ‘smacky face’ ... This conduct includes murder (albeit probably not 1st degree), and it’s clearly prohibited under international and domestic law. The time has come for the Army to clean house.”
(More like this in: Iraq) .:link:.
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“In my time at CENTCOM, we actually looked at a plan for reconstruction, and actually developed one at CENTCOM because I though that we, the military, would get stuck with it. In my mind, we needed formidable teams at every provincial level. 18 teams. The size of the CPA was about the size we felt we needed for one province, let alone the entire country”
(More like this in: Iraq) .:link:.
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May 26, 2004

“There is a useful article on Islam Online about what Islam teaches about treatment of Prisoners of War. The invocation of the murderers of Peter Berg of the Prophet SAW as justification of their acts was particularly obscene and they will pay a price in hellfire - American first, afterlife second.”
(More like this in: Iraq, Religion and Faith) .:link:.
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“Treat the prisoners of war kindly.”
(More like this in: Religion and Faith) .:link:.
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“[The Geneva Convention] basically states you gotta treat all war prisoners with a shred of humanitarian dignity or you can’t call yourself a fair and civilized Christian superpower, and if you don’t follow those basic rules you are, in essence, no different from the terrorists and the dictators you claim to abhor and you are bombing the crap out of.”
(More like this in: Iraq, Terrorism) .:link:.
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“I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”
Jesus, Matthew 25:35-36
(More like this in: Religion and Faith) .:link:.
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“When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion.”
Abraham Lincoln
(More like this in: Religion and Faith) .:link:.
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May 22, 2004

“Normally we can draw some comfort in looking at distressing photographs because, as viewer, we are receiving the message communicated by the photographer - that what he or she is witnessing is unacceptable and upsetting ... The pictures from Abu Ghraib are fundamentally different.”
(More like this in: Iraq, Photography) .:link:.
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“But remember, if we post about the latest news, we hate America, and we are helping the enemy, and we want America to lose, and why aren’t we posting the latest news about Nick Berg?. It’s because we don’t care about Nick Berg because we want America to lose. It’s not the soldiers, and those who gave the orders, who have hurt America. It’s people who talk about it.”
(More like this in: Iraq) .:link:.
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“It is a mistake to see the debate on how to deal with terrorism along antiquated political lines. Partisan politics have played a role, but for the most part the battle to do what is necessary to win this war has freely crossed traditional party boundaries. One’s beliefs about tax policy and social benefits have little to do with how to deal with the terrorist threat being generated in the Islamic world.”
(More like this in: Terrorism) .:link:.
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“It may be the explanation for why the world we live in is so weird. On the evidence, our universe was created not by a divine being, but by a physicist hacker.”
(More like this in: Religion and Faith) .:link:.
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May 19, 2004

“Do not condemn the judgement of another because it differs from your own. You may both be wrong.”
Dandemis
(More like this in: Wisdom) .:link:.
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“I’m sorry, but if the fate of the world rests upon one man’s shoulders, then we’ve already lost. It’s a democracy, and the one thing that makes our Republic so damned great and nearly impervious to destruction is this simple fact: All politicians are dispensible. One guy leaves, another takes his place. The nation endures. No one is supposed to to be so vital that their loss would seriously cripple our country or its interests.”
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“You fix this thing, you’re the next greatest generation, people ... And even if you don’t, you’re not gonna have much trouble surpassing my generation. If you end up getting your picture taken next to a naked guy pile of enemy prisoners and don’t give the thumbs up, you’ve outdid us.”
(More like this in: Witticisms) .:link:.
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“You have a duty to enter into the thought processes and sympathetically entertain the understanding of the world of a guy in Nigeria who as a picture of Osama bin Laden in his car, or a bureaucratic functionary working for Fidel Castro, or somebody who thinks that Bangladeshis should not be allowed to work in the textile industry. But Republicans? They are Blue Meanies. They are one dimensional. They are baaaaad.”
(More like this in: Politics and Government) .:link:.
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May 17, 2004

“My sense is that there’s a big backlash building against the media for flogging the Abu Ghraib photos, but being so delicate with the Berg images. People sense that there’s an agenda afoot here”
(More like this in: Iraq, Media and Entertainment) .:link:.
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“What started as a carefully thought-out, if aggressive, policy of interrogation in a covert war - designed mainly for use by a handful of CIA professionals - evolved into ever-more ungoverned tactics that ended up in the hands of untrained MPs in a big, hot war.”
(More like this in: Iraq) .:link:.
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“Failure in leadership, sir, from the brigade commander on down; lack of discipline; no training whatsoever; and no supervision. Supervisory omission was rampant.”
Gen. Antonio Taguba, on causes of abuse
(More like this in: Iraq) .:link:.
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May 16, 2004

“Sometimes I think the Web’s primary function is aggregating stupidity.”
Jason Kottke
(More like this in: Web Pundits, Web and Blogs) .:link:.
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“Reading this tiny book (more a pamphlet really) in one short sitting made me feel as though I was trapped in a lift with a crack-smoking Stalin.”
Johann Hari, on George Galloway’s book
(More like this in: Insults, Writing) .:link:.
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“By finally admitting that he ‘saw both Ratt and Poison at the Ventura County Fairgrounds back in 1987,’ Matt Welch has effectively destroyed his chances of ever holding elected office.”
(More like this in: Sgt Stryker, Web Pundits) .:link:.
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May 13, 2004

“This was a unit that had issues with just adhering to the Army’s standards. They didn’t have standardized uniforms. They were allowed to carry guns in their civilian clothes when they were off duty. They had things written on their cap. They didn’t particularly want to salute”
Gen. Richard Myers, on the 320th Military Police Battalion
(More like this in: Iraq) .:link:.
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“One-stripe soldiers could zip the disastrous images through the ether, but the Pentagon could not get them onto Rumsfeld’s radar screen at even an 18th-century pace.”
(More like this in: Iraq) .:link:.
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“My desire is to die a martyr in this country.”
(More like this in: Iraq) .:link:.
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“The weirder you’re going to behave, the more normal you should look. It works in reverse, too. When I see a kid with three or four rings in his nose, I know there is absolutely nothing extraordinary about that person.”
P. J. O’Rourke
(More like this in: P J O'Rourke) .:link:.
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May 09, 2004

“When there is no penalty for failure, failures proliferate.”
(More like this in: Critics and Commentary) .:link:.
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“One could not have designed a more symbolic representation of the Islamist warning about where Western freedom ultimately leads than yesterday’s Washington Post photo of a uniformed American woman holding a naked Arab man on a leash.”
(More like this in: Iraq) .:link:.
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“That had an affect on me, captive the last few days. I hate that happened. They asked me about it. My treatment had changed and I was afraid it was going to get a lot worse.”
Thomas Hamill, on the Abu Ghraib pictures
(More like this in: Iraq) .:link:.
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“But the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
(More like this in: Wisdom) .:link:.
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“In a calculated and craven political stunt, the national Democrat Party declared its surrender in the war on terror. But at least - or perhaps, at most - the Washington Democrats finally have taken a position on the war. And that position - that baseless, partisan, shocking position - is that American troops aren’t up to the job.”
Tom DeLay, House Henchman
(More like this in: Politics and Government) .:link:.
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“A picture used to be worth a thousand words. With the inflation of global electronic media, it’s now worth about 100 million words.”
(More like this in: Iraq, Photography) .:link:.
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“I was there and I kept saying the interrogation process is broken. The prison process is broken. And no one wanted to deal with it. It was too, too distasteful.”
(More like this in: Iraq) .:link:.
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“I’m so glad I quit the human race a long time ago, because it’s a freak show. I always say when you’re born into this world, you get a ticket for the freak show. And if you’re born in America, you get in the front row.”
(More like this in: America) .:link:.
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May 07, 2004

“If the Pentagon leadership ran any U.S. company with the kind of abysmal planning in this war, it would have been fired by shareholders months ago.”
(More like this in: Iraq) .:link:.
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“Some may worry that a change of defence secretary now would further endanger the effort in Iraq. The opposite is the case, for although Mr Rumsfeld is rightly credited with a successful steering of the conventional war a little over a year ago, he and his team have also been responsible for many of the blunders since then: appalling post-war planning, inadequate troop numbers, excessive deBaathification, and more.”
(More like this in: Iraq) .:link:.
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“It’s not about the car, that’s just something to wrap around the stereo.”
Susan Stott
(More like this in: Music) .:link:.
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May 05, 2004

“We can be certain that Zionism is behind everything.”
Prince Abdullah, on attacks in Saudi Arabia
(More like this in: Terrorism) .:link:.
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“Being steadfast in defense of carefully considered convictions is a virtue. Being blankly incapable of distinguishing cherished hopes from disappointing facts, or of reassessing comforting doctrines in face of contrary evidence, is a crippling political vice.”
(More like this in: Politics and Government) .:link:.
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“The real question is: Will the Coalition keep its end of the bargain? Or will U.S. and British leaders, for reasons of domestic politics, lose their nerve, throw Iraq to the United Nations or some other ineffectual custodian and sacrifice the strategic goal of a democratic Middle East to tactical electoral considerations?”
(More like this in: Iraq) .:link:.
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“I actually think that we’ve gone soft on punishment in this country.”
Rush Limbaugh, non-imprisoned drug offender
(More like this in: Media and Entertainment) .:link:.
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“We hate some persons because we do not know them; and we will not know them because we hate them.”
Charles Caleb Colton
(More like this in: Wisdom) .:link:.
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May 04, 2004

“Bush himself is the great mystery in this mounting debacle. His commitment to stay the course in Iraq seems utterly genuine. Yet he continues to tolerate policymakers, military advisers and a dysfunctional policymaking apparatus that are making the achievement of his goals less and less likely.”
(More like this in: Iraq) .:link:.
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“In a letter published last week, 52 former British diplomats condemned the invasion of Iraq and the Government’s support for Israel. The letter failed to disclose, however, that several of the key signatories, including Oliver Miles, the former British ambassador to Libya who instigated the letter, are paid by pro-Arab organisations.”
(More like this in: Iraq) .:link:.
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May 03, 2004

“I want your blog readers to know that the only reason Micah Wright came clean on his lies last week is because I pursued three FOIA requests with separate US Army commands, seeking proof of his service, after he failed to provide documentation to me.”
Richard Leiby, Washington Post, in a comment at A Small Victory
(More like this in: Web and Blogs) .:link:.
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“I know, even your best friend never mentioned that your email makes you look like a moron, but, sorry, it does.”
(More like this in: Internet) .:link:.
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“We happen to like the new color scheme. Some people don’t like it so much. Some people hate all change and newness, and would be perfectly happy if we were still living in caves and riding dinosaurs to work.”
(More like this in: Web and Blogs) .:link:.
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“All children are lawyers at heart. Looking for the loophole.”
(More like this in: James Lileks) .:link:.


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