The Best of Notable Quotables; December 25, 1989

Vol. Two; No. 26

Which Way Is It? Foreign Affairs

"These days Cuba doesn’t count for nearly as much in the Soviet military scheme of things....Much of the old and obsolete. Although with its militia the Cuban armed forces are the largest in Latin America, this Soviet weaponry is years behind the times."

-- ABC’s Richard Threlkeld on World News Tonight, April 3.


"The Soviets have spent billions of dollars keeping Fidel Castro supplied....The equipment, the best the Soviet Union can supply....Fidel Castro still believes in the Mao adage that power comes from the barrel of a gun. And his island bristles with some of the most modern, such as these advanced MiG 23s."

-- Reporter Barry Petersen on the CBS Evening News, same night.


“Supposedly neutral tribunal stacked to favor Sandinistas”

-- Washington Times, June 9

“Managua Forms Election Panel Containing Opposition Members”

-- Washington Post, same day

"U.S. officials in Moscow said today they have been unable to determine, after meetings with patients in Soviet mental hospitals, whether they are being held because of their political beliefs."

-- NBC Nightly News Anchor Connie Chung, March 11.

“U.S. PSYCHIATRISTS FAULT SOVIET UNITS: Team Finds Inmates Are Still Held for Political Reasons”

-- New York Times, next morning