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web posted March 24, 2003

"Of course the U.S. could go alone and, of course, this country should not take military action unless it is in our interests to do so. It is the British national interest that must be upheld at all times. But the reason why I believe it is important that we hold firm to the course we have set out is because what is at stake here isn't whether the U.S. goes alone or not. It is whether the international community is prepared to back up the clear instruction it gave to Saddam Hussein with the necessary action. That is why I am determined we hold firm to the course we have set out." -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair

"The same people who don't want the U.S. to disarm Saddam Hussein are demanding that Mr. Bush drop everything and disarm Kim Jong Il -- right now, if not faster. A lot of this, probably most of it, can be dismissed as partisan politics. Having lost the congressional vote and public debate on Iraq, some Democrats figure that North Korea is their opening to assail Mr. Bush's foreign policy. Thus we have the spectacle of Ted Kennedy and Robert Byrd, who worry not at all about Saddam getting nuclear weapons, now thundering that North Korea is the 'more immediate threat.' These are doves wearing press-on hawk talons for the TV cameras." -- Wall Street Journal

"President Clinton got it right, verbally at least, in 1998. He said then that Iraq was 'a rogue state with weapons of mass destruction, ready to use them or provide them to terrorists, drug traffickers or organized criminals.' In urging strong action on Iraq, The Washington Post referred to Clinton's words as 'perceptive but ultimately empty' because they led to no meaningful action. In the post-9/11 world, refusing to act is far more dangerous. Saddam has the ability and the hostility to churn out weapons for those who wish to inflict grave damage on the United States. It's time to do something about it." -- John Leo

"Exactly where is this liberal media?" -- CBS's Ed Bradley, accepting a journalism award in Denver

"...[I]f my remarks have hurt anyone, I'm sorry. Let me also say to each of you tonight [that] I am one member of Congress who will never make politics of war. It is too deadly serious." -- Ohio Democrat Rep. Marcy Kaptur, who had also feigned an earlier apology, saying, "Because of the raw emotion, I thought it was important to at least make a statement. What I said was twisted. People read the twist, not what I said. ...In this administration's zeal to win a war with weapons, the war of ideas is being lost. In a time of growing tensions, world opinion, so vital to U.S. victory, is turning against us, and within the Muslim world, the U.S. is becoming more hated to the point it is now viewed as the primary enemy." All of this was in regard to Kaptur's outrageous statement: "If you think back to our founding as a country, we are a country of revolution. ...One could say that Osama bin Laden and these non-nation-state fighters with religious purpose are very similar to those kind of atypical revolutionaries that helped to cast off the British crown."

"The United States is continuing to fake evidence against Iraq." -- Director Michael Moore

"The days of Saddam Hussein are numbered." -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Don Rumsfeld

"I'm sure that as a leader [Saddam] loves his people." -- French PM Jacques Chirac

"The French are a smallish, monkey-looking bunch and not dressed any better, on average, than the citizens of Baltimore. True, you can sit outside in Paris and drink little cups of coffee, but why this is more stylish than sitting inside and drinking large glasses of whiskey I don't know." -- P.J O'Rourke

"Iraqi President Saddam Hussein said Iraq was ready to fight the United States anywhere in the world. Anywhere, huh? Sounds good--we'll take Iraq." -- James Taranto

"The entire world isn't the Heritage Foundation, unfortunately." -- Jay Nordlinger

"If the French refuse to enforce a resolution they signed, why is that a sign of incompetence on the part of the Bush administration?" -- Andrew Sullivan

"Make no mistake about it: we are an impediment to world socialism. That's why Clinton and Carter are more popular outside the United States than they are here." -- Rush Limbaugh

"There is a large segment of American opinion that swoons at the words 'United Nations' and 'international community.' That the international community is a fiction and the UN a farce hardly matters." -- Charles Krauthammer

"I think we obviously have to invade Iraq. If we've all gotten together and decided not to hate people that want to kill us, someone should let me know and I'll go live in Alec Baldwinia." -- Dennis Miller

"I don't eat them, whatever they're called. ...They're not on my diet." -- Vice President Dick Cheney replying to Tim Russert's question, "Do you prefer french fries or freedom fries?"

"What we're doing, basically, is giving these key Iraqi officials instructions on how to surrender. See, this is where we could have used the French." -- Jay Leno

"President Bush invited the world to join America in disarming Saddam Hussein, prompting Poland to offer two hundred soldiers. It's all they dare risk. Poland is keeping most of its troops close to home until Germany decides which side it's on." -- Argus Hamilton

web posted March 17, 2003

"Wars do not always begin with an abrupt, cymbal-crash rupture of conditions properly characterized as peace. There can be almost seamlessly incremental transitions." -- George Will

"The only argument this president needs to persuade Americans is that sacking Saddam is necessary for the security of America and the West, of civilization as we know it. All those other goals are nice, worthy even, but irrelevant to the job immediately at hand." -- Wesley Pruden

"If George W. Bush really has the courage of his convictions the United States very soon will either wind up dominating the United Nations (as it should) or rendering it impotent (which would probably be even better)." -- Lyn Nofziger

"As the president reminded the world last September 12, what authority -- moral or otherwise -- will the UN have left if it allows the repeated and willful violation of terms of surrender it sets following an offensive war?" -- Joel Mowbray

"Yes, ma'am, that's why they call themselves U.S. Marines." -- NCO's reply to a European news service's female correspondent who observed of U.S. troops that she had "never seen so much bravado, machismo or arrogance" in her life

"...[D]espite the UN's professed aversion to war, what it really seems to object to is victory. In the UN's 58-year history, two wars have been waged under Security Council auspices: Korea and the Gulf War. Both ended with less than total victories, leaving in power two of the worst tyrannies on earth, which are now two of the world's most dangerous rogue states. UN peacekeeping operations, too, are at best a mixed bag, with a record of failing to prevent such horrors as the Srebrenica massacre and the Rwanda genocide." -- James Taranto

"...[T]he notion that the UN's 'moral' approval was somehow necessary [to disarm Iraq] is ludicrous, particularly since UN morality includes turning over its human-rights committee to Libya and repeatedly branding as racist the only Middle East democracy, Israel." -- John Leo

"If you think back to our founding as a country, we are a country of revolution. ... One could say that Osama bin Laden and these non-nation-state fighters with religious purpose are very similar to those kind of atypical revolutionaries that helped to cast off the British crown." -- Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), equating al-Qaida terrorism with the American War for Independence

"...[W]hen will 'one last chance' mean one last chance?" -- Joel Mowbray

"President Bush says frivolous lawsuits have never helped anyone. Yeah, tell that to my new house in Georgetown." -- Sen. Democrat and presidential hopeful John Edwards, trial huckster who made his fortune on suffering

"The kids are encouraged to be responsible activists. ...'Anti-Bush' is not an appropriate way to describe it. The rally was motivated by a national movement, a national effort on that day in schools all over the country 'Books not Bombs' ... a desire for peace as opposed to war." -- Washington International School spokeswoman Selby McPhee about an anti-war rally, which enlisted students from the school's upper campus of sixth- through 12th-graders, but without parental consent

"Iraq agreed to comply [with complete disarmament] in 15 days back in 1991, but if 12 years wasn't nearly long enough, 12 years and four months should certainly do it." -- John Leo

"Kofi Annan sounds a little irritated with us Americans, which makes it mutual." --Paul Greenberg

"There is a severe imbalance between the strength of anti-war arguments and the vehemence with which they are advanced." -- Mona Charen

"But she is, to some extent, the nutty aunt in the attic of the Washington press corps and has been for years." -- Brit Hume on Helen Thomas

"If you want to say America is an evil cesspool, you have every right to do so. If I want to say -- with my words or dollars -- that you are unpatriotic swine, that's my free speech, too." -- Jonah Goldberg

"Self-righteous China also said today they are against the use of force. Unless it's by a tank against college students in Tiananmen Square." -- Jay Leno

"The front page of a newspaper should not look like the editorial page. Think about it, do you ever wonder why The Washington Post and the New York Times seldom have anything good to say about President Bush? Doesn't he ever do anything which deserves praise? And do you ever wonder why they never say anything bad about Hillary Clinton? Doesn't she do something once in a while which deserves criticism? Think about the kind of America these people are pushing for and be extremely careful how much of their coverage you believe. Is it the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? What do you think? God Bless America." -- Country musician Charlie Daniels

"Environmentalism, which is sometimes a subcategory of moral exhibitionism, now is the faith of some clerics asking 'What would Jesus drive?' These divines know he would not drive any of the sport utility vehicles (SUVs) that will be about 52 percent of the new vehicles bought this year by American sinners. ...SUVs trigger the anti-automobile reflex among some liberals, who seem to resent the emancipation of the masses from dependence on government [public transportation]. CAFE standards, like much of the environmentalists' agenda, advance modern liberalism's agenda of expanding government supervision of personal choices. That agenda makes many environmentalists and liberals resistant to good environmental news." -- George Will

web posted March 10, 2003

"There is no cookie-cutter approach to foreign policy. In the Axis of Evil, one size does not fit all -- nor should it." -- Peter Brookes

"France cynically sees inspections not as a way to disarm Iraq, but to disarm the United States." -- James Phillips

"For all our might and technology, the confluence of terror and WMDs has the power to destroy us -- if we do not destroy it first. We are at the beginning, not the end, of a terrible new age." -- Stanley Kurtz

"It is not the conservative psyche that needs analysis. Conservatives were right in the Cold War -- so right that liberals are pretending they were with us all along -- and they are right about Iraq. It is Leftists who need to account for their consistently disgraceful positions throughout the Cold War and into the War on Terror." -- David Limbaugh

"A free Iraq would not just be an active partner in the war on terror, but its very existence would sap the recruitment strength of the worldwide terror network -- and that factor would spread to neighboring nations as freedom does." -- Joel Mowbray

"If we remain determined to shape a new and better world of separate, sovereign nations, this new century will be a happier one." -- Alan Caruba

"The time has come for the president to publicly declare that it is the decision of the United States government to lead an invasion of Iraq with the intent to change the regime as soon as our military is prepared to successfully carry out the mission. ... Further delay only strengthens the political opposition around the world and at home. ... Fundamentally, now is the time when power must replace persuasion. The president must guard against letting prudence and patience turn into dithering and indecision." -- Washington Times

"We've got the biggest thing that goes boom in the history of the universe and we appear to be rather lofty and pious in our demands that nobody else have one!" -- Phil Donahue, insisting on moral equivalency between the U.S. and Iraq, based on the administration's demand that Saddam disarm

"There is no doubt that the United States administration would like to go forward into this war. There is no doubt in any member on this side of the House, however much they protest, in their hearts, that this born again, right-wing, Bible-belting, fundamentalist, Republican administration in the United States wants war." -- George Galloway, British MP, and apparently opposed to war with Iraq

"The French care so much about the Palestinians, but they don't give a damn about the Iraqis." -- Sen. Joe Biden, accusing the French of "grandstanding" over Iraq

"Speaking of Susan Sarandon (and Sean Penn, Janeane Garofalo, Barbra Streisand, etc.) -- why don't they put their considerable money where their mouths are and offer to go to Iraq and serve as 'human shields' to really show their commitment to their position on war with Iraq? We could make it a television pay-per-view event with the proceeds going to fight for the 'rights' of the prisoners at Gitmo." -- Cheri Jacobus

"If I die, I'd like to come back as Hans Blix's son. You'd never be in any trouble. Any effort would be good enough. Grades would never be bad enough to get you in any trouble. It would be great." -- Brit Hume

"The Democrats, instead of having a smoke-filled room, are having their candidates come by way of an ICU. If he puts his heart into it, he'll be a serious candidate." -- Margaret Carlson on Sen. Bob Graham's presidential candidacy

"Two rules of thumb for protest rallies: Always claim a crowd is 200,000 or so larger than any reasonable estimate, and always insist your demonstrators are all ordinary, stable middle-class folks." -- John Leo

"The Nazi signs have got to stop. If you're in a peace march and the guy next to you has a sign saying that 'Bush is Hitler,' forget the peace thing for a second and beat his ass, because he is not Hitler." -- Dennis Miller

"The imperative today is to win the war in Iraq. However, winning the peace will mean not just the reconstruction of Iraq. It will mean replacing an alliance system that died some years ago, but whose obituary was written only this year. In French, with German footnotes." -- Charles Krauthammer

"...[M]ore than half a century of experience shows that the UN is a theater of hypocrisy, a sink of corruption, a street market of sordid bargains and a seminary of cynicism." -- Paul Johnson

"There's something richly comical about the mass exodus of all these pacifists who offered themselves as human shields to protect Iraq from attack. It doesn't seem to have occurred to them that standing in the way of missiles might put their lives in danger." -- Rush Limbaugh

"San Francisco's 9th Circuit Court of Appeals banned the Pledge of Allegiance Friday because it says America is under God. It seems risky. The ruling just applies to the nine western states North Korea can currently reach with their nuclear missiles." -- Argus Hamilton

web posted March 3, 2003

"America's mission begins in Baghdad. But the architects of this war should keep in mind that it does not end there." -- Lawrence Kaplan & Bill Kristol

"We must be capable of speaking a language of peace, but not one of surrender." -- Silvio Berlusconi

"Success will require more hard realism and less wishful thinking." -- William C. Triplett II

"Courage in pursuit of an evil goal can't be a virtue. No, courage is the indispensable quality without which all other virtues are merely good intentions." -- Dr. David C. Stolinsky

"One might have thought that the Cold War's conclusion would have convinced the Left that appeasement of dictators is not profitable." -- Mona Charen

"To march against the war is not to give peace a chance. It is to give tyranny a chance. It is to give the Iraqi nuke a chance. It is to give the next terrorist mass murder a chance. It is to march for the furtherance of evil instead of the vanquishing of evil." -- Michael Kelly

"...[W]e cannot allow the defense of American lives to be held hostage by the United Nations -- which has already given Saddam Hussein a final warning, and now wants to give him another final warning. And, if he doesn't heed that, they will threaten him with yet another warning." -- Thomas Sowell

"Why then would people look to the United Nations as an instrument of peace, if instead all it is, is an instrument of putting out declarations that nobody intends to take seriously anyway?" -- Ari Fleischer

"For example, new rule: No more whining about the French. At least they're standing up to the Bush administration, which is more than I can say for the Democrats! And, by the way, it doesn't make me un-American to say I'd rather live in Paris than in places where cheese only comes in individually-wrapped slices." -- Bill Maher

"If you were to change so quickly on the issue of abortion, a moral issue, why shouldn't people question whether you may change your views on Iraq for political expediency?" -- NBC Meet the Press host Tim Russert to Ohio Demo Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich about his abrupt about-face from supporting the right to life to abortion rights just in time for his presidential bid

"We never saw it coming. ... Every one of our pollsters was wrong." -- DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe, in a rare moment of honesty, finally speaking up on the subject of the November '02 losses

"I am ready to conduct a direct dialogue -- a debate -- with your president. I will say what I want and he will say what he wants. This will be an opportunity for him, if he's committed to war, ... to convince the world. ...I call for this because war is not a joke." -- Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in an interview with CBS's Dan Rather

"In Europe, anti-Semitism has been called the socialism of fools, which is confusing because socialism is the socialism of fools." -- George Will

"[NATO] can always be counted on to do the right thing, after it's exhausted every other alternative." -- George Robertson, NATO secretary-general, paraphrasing Winston Churchill

" The European Union told Saddam Hussein today that he has "one last chance." You know, until his next last chance." -- Jay Leno

"Kuwait News says Saddam Hussein sounded out Iran about safe passage to Russia for political asylum. He'll have no trouble finding work in Russia. Senior citizens who frequent Black Sea cruise ships can't get enough of those Stalin impersonators." -- Argus Hamilton



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