Quotes of Note

March 18, 2005 A Terrorist Group "That Combines Philanthropy and Militancy" "Hamas, the Islamic group that combines philanthropy and militancy, confirmed publicly on Saturday that it would take part in Palestinian legislative elections scheduled for July 17, ending a 10-year boycott of the Palestinian Authority." - Steven Erlanger, March 13. "Quiet Anguish" Over Wolfowitz's "Radioactive Reputation" "President Bush said today that he would nominate Paul D. Wolfowitz, the deputy secretary of defense and one of the chief architects of the invasion of Iraq two years ago, to become president of the World Bank. The announcement, coming on the heels of... continue reading
January 7, 2005 The "Heroic History" of Terrorist Leader Arafat "[Palestinian candidate Mahmoud] Abbas, with no heroic history like that of his predecessor as chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Yasir Arafat, has been campaigning in Mr. Arafat's footsteps if not in his clothes." - Steven Erlanger reporting from the Gaza Strip, January 6. "Bare-Knuckled" Allawi "Rattled" by Terrorists, um, "Insurgents" "But the stepped-up campaign by the insurgents, largely dominated by the country's Sunni-Arab minority, has clearly rattled Dr. [Ayad] Allawi, a former C.I.A. confidant known for his bare-knuckle manner, and raised the prospect of an election whose results are... continue reading
February 27, 2004 John Kerry: Too Smart to Take a Stand "What his critics see as an inability to take strong, clear positions seems to us to reflect his appreciation that life is not simple." - Editorial endorsing Sen. John Kerry in the New York Democratic primary, February 26. Prosecuted For Her "Idealism," Not Her Intelligence Breach? "Moreover, though Ms. Gun's alleged offense was a serious breach of discipline in the intelligence agencies, prosecuting her idealism risked a backlash against the government." - Patrick Tyler on Katharine Gun, an anti-war British linguist accused of leaking government intelligence, February 26. Scold... continue reading
February 20, 2004 Exactly What Do They Want From Bush? "Friday night brought a final tidal wave of paper, much of it highly repetitive and already released in previous years, that once again offered no new proof that Mr. Bush had turned up for duty in Alabama." - Elisabeth Bumiller, February 16. Balanced Al Jazeera? "For Al Jazeera, Balanced Coverage Frequently Leaves No Side Happy." - headline to a February 16 story on the Arab television network. Reality Check: "I will not be objective about this because we have been dragged into this conflict. We were targeted because the Americans... continue reading
February 13, 2004 Natl. Guard Queries Fair Game for "Posturing" Bush "Mr. Bush himself also made the issue of military service fair game by posturing as a swashbuckling pilot when welcoming a carrier home from Iraq." - Editorial, February 11. Otherwise Known as "Liberals" "Senate budget writers are already bracing for a difficult fight as they try to balance the demands of conservatives who want to take the same approach as the House Republicans and others who believe that the Bush administration budget plan is too stingy." - Carl Hulse, February 12. Vote-Deprived D.C. "PR Embarrassment" for Bush? "Indeed, several... continue reading
February 6, 2004 Critics of Liberal Bias Should "Get Out More" "Conservatives in Hollywood and New York always complain about stigma and persecution in the media and entertainment worlds, which makes one wonder why they don't get out more." - Alessandra Stanley, January 30. The Times In Stalinland "In his younger years, Mr. Bykov was a soldier, a janitor and a plumber, and the world wasn't such a bad place." - Seth Mydans in a February 5 profile of 76-year-old Russian villager Vladimir Bykov, who grew up under dictator Josef Stalin. Deep Cuts in a $2.4 Trillion Budget? "Mr. Bush's... continue reading
January 30, 2004 America, an Evil Empire? Three years into the presidency of George W. Bush, many people here and abroad fear and loathe our country, its power, its policies, its pride. Is America an evil empire? Seven new books seem ready to think so." - cover line of the Sunday New York Times Book Review, January 25. John Kerry, "A Centrist on a Surge"? "Weaknesses: [Sen. John Edwards] is not as well financed as Senator Kerry, Dr. Dean or General Clark, a fellow Southerner gaining ground in the polls. He is not as well known in New Hampshire as... continue reading
January 26, 2004 Terrorism? What Terrorism? On Tuesday night, Mr. Bush offered no specific evidence to back up his more general and much less disputed statement that 'terrorists continue to plot against America and the civilized world.'" - Elisabeth Bumiller and Richard Stevenson, January 21. Not Bad For a Dumb Guy "Mr. Bush still does not enjoy delivering impromptu public remarks, but he has mastered the art of teleprompter reading." - Alessandra Stanley reacting to Bush's State of the Union, January 21. Talking Up A "Fat Tax" "You might also voice your support for a tax on snack items and... continue reading
December 3, 2004 Poor, "Poignant" Tom Daschle "In the Senate, the Democratic leader, Tom Daschle of South Dakota, who lost his re-election bid, delivered a poignant farewell speech that brought him a standing ovation.But only a few Republicans showed up, and Senator Bill Frist, the majority leader, who broke with Senate tradition to campaign against Mr. Daschle in his home state, South Dakota, did not appear until after Mr. Daschle finished speaking.Outside the Senate chamber, the common ground Mr. Daschle spoke of seemed hard to find." - Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Carl Hulse, November 20. More Wishful Thinking on the... continue reading
November 19, 2004 Criminal Negligence of Cause and Effect "Despite Drop In Crime, An Increase In Inmates" - Headline to a November 8 story from crime reporter Fox Butterfield story. "The number of inmates in state and federal prisons rose 2.1 percent last year, even as violent crime and property crime fell, according to a study by the Justice Department released yesterday. The continuing increase in the prison population, despite a drop or leveling off in the crime rate in the past few years, is a result of laws passed in the 1990's that led to more prison sentences and... continue reading