Thursday Short Cuts

Publius · Jan. 14, 2016

Insight: “Any formal attack on ignorance is bound to fail because the masses are always ready to defend their most precious possession — their ignorance.” —Hendrik van Loon (1882-1944)

Apology tour: “I’m appreciative for the quick and appropriate response of the Iranian authorities. … I think we can all imagine how a similar situation might have played out three or four years ago and in fact, it is clear that today this kind of issue was able to be peacefully resolved and officially resolved and that is a testament to the critical role that diplomacy plays in keeping our country safe, secure and strong.” —John Kerry (“The U.S. administration is accepting and thanking the Iranians for their humiliation.” —Charles Krauthammer)

Lost on Fantasy Island: “Iran has moved from being one of the most despised nations in our history to something that’s a much more comfortable potential partner. … This is an example of Iran is sending a signal that it’s not just about the Iran deal anymore. This is about future actions and where they hope to go.” —Atlantic editor Steve Clemons

Non Compos Mentis: “Iran’s Swift Release of U.S. Sailors Hailed as a Sign of Warmer Relations” —New York Times headline

Belly laugh of the week: “I’m sure it’s going to be just devastating to all their viewers.” —NFL quarterback Peyton Manning’s snarky stab at Al Jazeera America, which announced it’s closing up shop

Warning shot: “We’ll do audacious executive action over the course of the rest of the year. I’m confident of that.” —White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough

Late-night humor: “The White House joined Snapchat [this week]. It’s a great platform for the White House, because moments after you make a promise, it magically disappears.” —Jimmy Fallon

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