Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Quotes of the Day

Andrew Sullivan proves an easy target for your friendly neighborhood pickpockets and assorted artful dodgers. The first time, for laughs:

"Want a little tough truth with your morning coffee? McCain can do this, and Rudy can do that, and Romney can do the other thing. But if tonight's speech doesn't herald the beginning of a serious turnaround in Iraq that is plain to see by spring of next year, the Risen Christ could be the Republican nominee in 2008 and He wouldn't be able to win against Al Sharpton," - John Podhoretz, National Review Online. A reader comments:

I generally concur with the spirit of what J-Pod is saying, but the premise is ridiculous. The Risen Christ would never make it through the GOP primary.
The second as farce:

"Some Americans ask me, if completing the mission is so important, why don't you send more troops? If our commanders on the ground say we need more troops, I will send them. But our commanders tell me they have the number of troops they need to do their job. Sending more Americans would undermine our strategy of encouraging Iraqis to take the lead in this fight. And sending more Americans would suggest that we intend to stay forever, when we are, in fact, working for the day when Iraq can defend itself and we can leave. As we determine the right force level, our troops can know that I will continue to be guided by the advice that matters: the sober judgment of our military leaders," - president George W. Bush, June 28, 2005
The third for tragic effect:

"Vietnam presumably taught us that the United States could not serve as the world's policeman; it should also have taught us the dangers of trying to be the world's midwife to democracy when the birth is scheduled to take place under conditions of guerrilla war," - Jeane Kirkpatrick. Commentary, 1979

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