Quote:The request is familiar to American ears: "Bring them home." But in Iraq, where I've just met with American and Iraqi leaders, the phrase carries a different meaning. It does not refer to the departure of U.S. troops, but to the return of the millions of innocent Iraqis who have been driven out of their homes and, in many cases, out of the country.
Quote:In Baghdad, I spoke with Army Gen. David Petraeus about UNHCR's need for security information and protection for its staff as they re-enter Iraq, and I am pleased that he has offered that support. General Petraeus also told me he would support new efforts to address the humanitarian crisis "to the maximum extent possible" -- which leaves me hopeful that more progress can be made.
Quote:What we cannot afford, in my view, is to squander the progress that has been made. In fact, we should step up our financial and material assistance.
Quote:As for the question of whether the surge is working, I can only state what I witnessed: U.N. staff and those of non-governmental organizations seem to feel they have the right set of circumstances to attempt to scale up their programs. And when I asked the troops if they wanted to go home as soon as possible, they said that they miss home but feel invested in Iraq. They have lost many friends and want to be a part of the humanitarian progress they now feel is possible.
Commissarka Pinkieand the news media will refer to us as BRINKIE!
ObamaHope and Change in Iraq?
Commissarka PinkieDibs on Brad Pitt! He and I will become The Party's glamorous new Power Couple, and the news media will refer to us as BRINKIE!
Maksim MaksimovichI’ll spare you the details.
Red Square// KARAKTER
Maksim MaksimovichComrades I call on everyone! Please help Pinkie realize her dream.
V.I. Lenin said rather than...The millions of victims who will fall in the war, and as a consequence of the war, will not fall in vain. The millions who are starving, the millions who are sacrificing their lives in the trenches, are not only suffering, they are also gathering strength, are pondering over the real cause of the war, are becoming more determined and are acquiring a clearer revolutionary understanding. Rising discontent of the masses, growing ferment, strikes, demonstrations, protests against the war—all this is taking place in all countries of the world. And this is the guarantee that the European War will be followed by the proletarian revolution against capitalism.
Maksim MaksimovichI Maksim Maksimovich will make it my personal duty to oversee her treatment, even perform the procedures on her myself if necessary. So there is Hope™.
Commissarka Pinkie[Who will win my favor (and four extra beet rations) by bringing me a picture of Brad wearing something red? (Remember--no shirts!)
Quote:Can't we just... um... do something, like replace her brain with someone else's and let the important part of her remain, and then have her brain put on a shelf next to comrade Brain Jar?
Commissarka PinkieDibs on Brad Pitt! He and I will become The Party's glamorous new Power Couple, and the news media will refer to us as BRINKIE!
Commissarka PinkiePupovich, I'm sorely tempted to denounce you. But for the time being, you're on probation and confined to your doghouse. (Consider that MY understanding side!)
Commissarka PinkiePupovich, I asked for a picture of Brad wearing something red (as long as it wasn't a shirt). This isn't rocket science or even (apologies to Betinov) brain surgery!
Commissar Pupovichonly red, blue, and green cones. All colors come from this.
Ivan BetinovGo ahead! Just walk all over me, you damn Body-ists! It only increases my victim status you know!
Commissar PupovichI am afraid to even ask what CMYK stands for, just rest assured, there are only 3 types of color cones in your eyes, and rods for black and white and brightness.
Commissarka PinkieWhat you showed me is not red. It isn't even close to red. It's pink. Are dogs supposed to be color blind?
Maksim MaksimovichThe Progressive World of Next Tuesday’s Power Couple of The Year has arrived.
Quote:What do you mean Premier? I blessed her heart like a true southerner does.
Ivan BetinovYou can say anything about anybody, so long as it is followed by that magical phrase, and you cannot then be accused of insensitivity, callousness, or hatefulness. Michele Obama is a deluded shrew, bless her heart.
Commissar PupovichYou know Pinkie, her heart is in the right place even when her head isn't, bless her heart!
Commissar PupovichFell asleep during the best part, or so I would imagine. 300?
Quote:I could also add that the movie is pro-war, morally unambiguous, and it is also unashamed about putting forth the message that freedom is vitally important and worth fighting for -- (by now, you've probably guessed that liberals will hate this movie and you're right).
Commissarka Pinkie(Pinkie off) I remember my mother (who was apolitical during my childhood but took to voting Democrat after I grew up) said those endings were to get you all gung-ho so you'd run down to the recruiting office and enlist. If you look up some of those movies (e.g. Fighting Seabees, Flying Tigers etc.) on the Internet Movie Data Base, many of the reviews deride them as pro-war propaganda and for their (gasp!) negative portrayal of the Japanese.
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