April 16, 2024

Tuesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from John Kirby, Dan Crenshaw, Jamaal Bowman, Jasmine Crockett, and more.

Baghdad Bob

“It’s hard to take a look at what President Biden has done and say that we’ve somehow gone soft on Iran. It was the previous administration that decided to get us out of the Iran deal, and now Iran is so much dramatically closer to potential nuclear weapon capability than they were before Mr. Trump was elected.” —National Security Council spokesman John Kirby

“The additional funds that have been made available to Iran … can only be used for humanitarian goods. It doesn’t go to the regime. And the idea that the regime … felt like they were freed up to support these proxies because of that, it just doesn’t comport with the facts.” —John Kirby

For the Record

“Under President Trump, Iran was broke. President Biden gifted them billions of dollars and then naively said ‘don’t.’ ‘Don’t’ is not a foreign policy."—Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)

"Foreign policy isn’t complicated. When you signal you might pull support for an ally like Israel, you diminish deterrence. When you diminish deterrence, the enemy feels emboldened to strike. Then you have to ACTUALLY consider getting involved in a war.” —Congressman Dan Crenshaw (R-TX)

Useful Idiots

“The Israeli military attack on the Iranian consulate in Syria ordered by Prime Minister Netanyahu … sparked this dangerous escalation. … It is clearer than ever that Benjamin Netanyahu’s warmongering is putting the lives of millions of civilians at risk, including the Israeli people. … We cannot condemn violence on one hand and then condone it in the other. … Netanyahu is willing to endanger the lives of millions just to draw the US deeper into a conflict whose flame he fans.” —Congressman Jamaal Bowman (D-NY)

“We must stop arming Netanyahu’s maniacal, genocidal acts.” —Congresswoman Cori Bush (D-MO)

Race Bait

“There are more extreme voices out there who simply don’t want to see people of color in the future of our country. They want to turn back the clock — voter suppression; election subversion; ripping away reproductive freedom; getting affirmative action — gutting it and attacking diversity across American life; banning books … attempting to erase history; embracing political violence, like what happened on January the 6th.” —Joe Biden

Non Compos Mentis

“They think [abortion is] murder. And it kind of is. I’m just okay with that. I am. I mean, there’s eight billion people in the world. I’m sorry, we won’t miss you. That’s my position.” —comedian Bill Maher

Dumb & Dumber

“I’ve been around this business long enough to know that were it not for misinformation that Hillary Clinton would’ve been elected president of the United States. And I think all of us know that.” —Congressman Jim Clyburn (D-SC)

“As we know, the Republican Party is run by Russians at this point in time.” —Congresswoman Jasmine Crockett (D-TX)

Belly Laugh of the Day

“This is a president who understands American leadership on the world stage.” —John Kirby

Political Futures

“No one said politics is easy. The return of inflation arrived during Biden’s presidency and is a direct consequence of his policies. Yet inflation puts both Democrats and Republicans in a bind. Why? Because price increases reveal the inanity of liberal measures that subsidize demand while restricting supply. And because they highlight the reactive, scrambling, content-free character of many GOP campaigns.” —Matthew Continetti


“If you entered repayment on your student loans over two decades ago but still have loans — we’re proposing that your debt is cancelled in its entirety.” —Joe Biden

We’re unconstitutionally proposing that your debt is transferred to taxpayers in its entirety. There, we fixed it.


“Reasonable minds can debate whether a massive cancellation of student loan debt is a sound idea or a reckless and unfair one. But the merits of debt forgiveness are unrelated to a president's constitutional duty to ‘take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.’ A president who thumbs his nose at the Supreme Court is not faithfully executing the law of the land — he is undermining it.” —Jeff Jacoby


“Freedom can exist only in the society of knowledge. Without learning, men are incapable of knowing their rights.” —Dr. Benjamin Rush (1745-1813)

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