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Saturday June 14, 2014

Quote of the Day

“We have now reached the rather ironic situation in Iraq where we find ourselves allied with Iran in an effort to save the corrupt and thuggish government of Nouri al-Maliki, while the army we spent eight years training falls apart. I’m not going to pretend to have unique insight into Iraqi politics (I’d suggest reading Marc Lynch, for starters, as a way of getting up to speed on what has led to this point).

”But there are few people who understand Iraq less than the Republican politicians and pundits who are being sought out for their comments on the current situation.“

-- Paul Waldman, ”On Iraq, let's ignore those who got it all wrong,“ in The Washington Post. Recommended viewing in this regard (or any regard): ”No End in Sight." 

Posted at 05:41 AM on Jun 14, 2014 in category Quote of the Day
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Miss Me Yet? Part VI

“I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy. ... I was able to get a sense of his soul.”

-- Pres. George W. Bush on Russian president Vladimir Putin, June 2001.

Miss Me Yet? George W. Bush

Posted at 05:32 AM on Jun 14, 2014 in category Quote of the Day
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Thursday June 12, 2014

Quote of the Day

“What is childhood but a gradual realization?”

-- Joe Posnanski, from his countdown of the greatest 100 baseball players, “No. 41: Pete Rose”

Posted at 01:30 PM on Jun 12, 2014 in category Quote of the Day
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Tuesday June 10, 2014

Quote of the Day

“So behave yourselves or you will go down in history as stupid and ill-mannered.”

--a Russian schoolteacher to her students as she points to the film cameras in Askold Kurov's “Leninland,” a documentary about a nearly abandoned museum to Lenin in Gorki, Russia. It played at the Seattle International Film Festival, which just ended after four weeks and 269 movies.

Posted at 02:43 PM on Jun 10, 2014 in category Quote of the Day
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Saturday June 07, 2014

Miss Me Yet? Part V

“That night, on 9/11, Rumsfeld came over and the others, and the president finally got back, and we had a meeting. And Rumsfeld said, 'You know, we’ve got to do Iraq,' and everyone looked at him—at least I looked at him and Powell looked at him—like, 'What the hell are you talking about?' And he said—I’ll never forget this—'There just aren’t enough targets in Afghanistan. We need to bomb something else to prove that we’re big and strong and not going to be pushed around by these kind of attacks.'

”And I made the point certainly that night, and I think Powell acknowledged it, that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. That didn’t seem to faze Rumsfeld in the least.

“It shouldn’t have come as a surprise. It really didn’t, because from the first weeks of the administration they were talking about Iraq. I just found it a little disgusting that they were talking about it while the bodies were still burning in the Pentagon and at the World Trade Center.”

-- Richard Clarke, National Coordinator for Security and Counter-Terrorism, from Vanity Fair's”An Oral History of the Bush Administration“

I'd heard this story before, and wondered why Errol Morris didn't bring it up in his Rumsfeld documentary, ”The Unknown Known,“ released earlier this year. By the way, compare the above attitude with this quote from the 1944 film ”Wilson."

Miss Me Yet?

Posted at 08:54 AM on Jun 07, 2014 in category Quote of the Day
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