The Best of Notable Quotables; December 12, 1988
Table of Contents:
- Executive Summary
- Reagan Record
- Cuban Communism
- Human Rights
- Oliver North
- Ted Turner's Portrait of the Soviet Union
- Grenada Liberation
- Jim Wright
- Tax Reform
- Geraldo Rivera
- Phil Donahue
- Carl Rowan
- Cows and Dogs and Cats
- Headline of the Year
- BEST NOTABLE QUOTABLES OF CAMPAIGN â88
"Personally, I think the Contras are worthless."
-- CBS News producer/reporter Lucy Spiegel
quoted by David Brock in the January 1987 American Spectator.
âArias warns Ortega: No room for gamesâ
-- Washington Times, front page, January 14
âCosta Rican Asks Nicaragua, Rebels To Aid Peace Planâ
-- Washington Post, same day
"Why this sea of troubles? One reason is the old American tendency to ignore the Canadians, belittle the Mexicans, and invest in the armies of Central America. Another reason is that diplomacy has been replaced in recent years by sloganeering and belligerence. Instead of making deals with the Sandinistas, the President said he wanted them to cry uncle."
-- John Chancellor on why anti-U.S. feelings are on the increase. NBC
Nightly News, May 3.
"For months the Sandinistas have been trying to influence favorably U.S. public opinion by being flexible, permitting democracy. But now the Sandinistas simply say flexibility is not working, and they will adopt a harder line."
-- NBCâs Ed Rabel on
July 12, after the Sandinistas expelled the U.S. Ambassador, arrested
demonstrators, closed down La Prensa and Radio Catolica.
"And in Nicaragua, the Contras used weapons from the âenterpriseâ against civilians. Itâs a terrorist war theyâre fighting. Old men, women and children are caught in the middle or killed deliberately as the Contras use violence against peasants to pressure their government. Thousands have died. Even when the hearings were taking place in Washington this summer, a Contra raid in Nicaragua killed three children and a pregnant woman. As the casualties mounted, the secret government in Washington knew that the Contra leaders were not such noble freedom fighters after all."
-- Bill Moyers in The Secret Government, the Constitution in Crisis, repeated by PBS on September 14.