Notable Quotables - 01/02/2006
|Horrified by "Big Brother" Bush|
"On World News Tonight: Big Brother, the uproar over a secret
presidential order giving the government unprecedented powers to spy on
Americans....Today, we learned of a profound shift in policy that affects the
civil liberties of Americans. The New York Times reported that the
President secretly authorized the National Security Agency to monitor and record
phone calls and e-mail messages of U.S. citizens in this country without having
to get a warrant."
"Good evening, Im Bob Schieffer. Has the government been using its spy
satellites to illegally eavesdrop on Americans?...It is against the law to
wiretap or eavesdrop on the conversations of Americans in this country without a
warrant from a judge, but the New York Times says that is exactly what
the President secretly ordered the National Security Agency to do in the months
after 9/11. The administration will neither confirm nor deny this story, but
Congress is in a fury."
|Time to Impeach the "Dictator"|
"Were seeing clearly now that Bush thought 9/11 gave him license to act like
a dictator, or in his own mind, no doubt, like Abraham Lincoln during the Civil
War....If the Democrats regain control of Congress, there may even be articles
of impeachment introduced. Similar abuse of power was part of the impeachment
charge brought against Richard Nixon in 1974."
"If you listen carefully, you can hear the word impeachment. Two
congressional Democrats are using it, and theyre not the only ones."
|The Weasels Were Right|
|"Do you feel vindicated when you look at what Iraq is going through right
CNNs Christiane Amanpour to French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, Anderson Cooper 360, Nov. 29.
|Ashamed of Cheneys America|
|Pushing for Rumsfelds Removal|
|"Its clear that there were some miscalculations going into this war,
General....Clearly the way we would be greeted hasnt turned out to be the
reality....So when it comes again to military commanders and troops, do you feel
that they may be frustrated knowing that back home in Washington no ones lost
their job over this?"
"And, again, these military people live by a code, among other things, of accountability, so do you think they want someone like Secretary [of Defense Donald] Rumsfeld or someone else to be held accountable?"
"Youve heard the drumbeat for awhile now and it seems to be intensifying again surrounding Secretary Rumsfeld. You think hes gonna hold on to his job?"
Co-host Matt Lauers questions to retired General Barry McCaffrey on NBCs Today, December 7.
|"Dear Osama, Were So Sorry..."|
|Save the Children, Soak the Rich|
|41s Tax Hike Caused 90s Boom?|
|"True mandates for hard choices come from reaching out and compromising.
Bushs father understood that. Breaking his own Read my lips promise at the
1988 Republican convention, he raised taxes in 1991 as part of a fiscal reform
package that was essential to the 1990s economic boom. The tax hike probably
cost the senior Bush a second term in 1992. But it was the right thing to do.
Its very unlikely the son would do the same."
Newsweeks Evan Thomas and Richard Wolffe, Dec. 19.
|CBSs Hopes Dashed by Reality|
CBSs Gloria Borger:
"Tomorrow morning, House Republicans are going to
meet behind closed doors and they are going to tell their leaders in no
uncertain terms, We never want Tom DeLay back as our majority leader. Theyre
saying to their leaders, We want new elections in the early new year. And if
you dont allow us to do it, we are going to force these elections on you. They
believe that DeLays ethics issues have become a drag on all of them."
"We reported last night that a group of House Republicans was ready to start
proceedings to permanently remove Tom DeLay from the House leadership because of
his indictment on campaign money laundering charges. Well, the Republicans held
a closed-door meeting today, but there was no effort to remove DeLay."
|Happy Holidays, Get Out of Iraq!|
|Hottest In 500,000 Years|
|Marys Fractured Fairy Tale|
|"A thousand times, yes! The bogus questions about typeface used to
discredit CBSs Bush/Guard story were a fraud, as Jonathan Alter wrote in
reviewing my book, Truth and Duty....The overhyped typeface criticisms
ingeniously hijacked the story and created a false controversy, which media
competitors gleefully exploited as proof that CBS had fallen short. In fact, ALL
the evidence supported the documents genuineness and that holds true today."
Fired CBS producer Mary Mapes in a letter to the New York Times Book Review published December 18.
|Bush [Bleeped] Up America|
Boston Globes Suzanne Ryan: "President George W. Bush has declined
to be interviewed by you. What would you ask him if you had the chance?"