Publius / August 6, 2015

Thursday Short Cuts

Insight: “The task of weaning various people and groups from the national nipple will not be easy. The sound of whines, bawls, screams and invective will fill the air as the agony of withdrawal pangs finds voice.” —columnist Linda Bowles (1952-2003)

Alpha Jackass: “I know it’s easy to play on people’s fears, to magnify threats, to compare any attempt at diplomacy to Munich. But none of these arguments hold up. They didn’t back in 2002 and 2003; they shouldn’t now. The same mindset, in many cases offered by the same people who seem to have no compunction with being repeatedly wrong, led to a war that did more to strengthen Iran, more to isolate the United States than anything we have done in the decades before or since.” —Barack Obama

Demo-gogues: “I recognize that Prime Minister Netanyahu disagrees — disagrees strongly. I do not doubt his sincerity. But I believe he is wrong. I believe the facts support this deal. I believe they are in America’s interest and Israel’s interest. And as President of the United States, it would be an abrogation of my constitutional duty to act against my best judgment simply because it causes temporary friction with a dear friend and ally.” —Barack Obama (This from the man who thought exchanging jihadi terrorists for deserter Bowe Bergdahl was good judgment.)

The BIG lie: “Let me just tell you this. We have talked to the experts. There is no way to hide your development of a nuclear bomb.” —Dick Durbin (He’s right. Once it explodes, the whole world knows it.)

Non Compos Mentis: “I don’t know [if Iran wants to wipe Israel off the map]. … They’ve signed on to an agreement where they say they’ll never try and make [a nuclear bomb] and we have a mechanism in place where we can prove that. So I don’t want to get locked into that debate. I think it’s a waste of time here.” —John Kerry

And last… “Hillary Clinton is having a bad week. Actually, we’ve discerned an emerging pattern: Every time a week has seven days, it turns out to be bad for Mrs. Clinton.” —James Taranto

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