Political Editors / August 24, 2021

Tuesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Victor Davis Hanson, Rich Lowry, Ted Cruz, and more.

Insight: “I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within.” —General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964)

Big picture: “A cognitively challenged Biden is pulled in every direction, by his own senility, by left-wing politicos collecting their debts, by his own spite, by his trademark narcissism, and by his neanderthal hatred of everything Trump was and did.” —Victor Davis Hanson

For the record: “The Taliban’s military involvement in Afghanistan … continues in our absence. And so the Afghan people are left to suffer, the world watches agog, and America is vulnerable to resurgent Islamic extremism. The Forever War isn’t over — it’s entered a new phase. Where the enemy has the upper hand.” —Matthew Continetti

Upright: “I suspect the majority of Americans don’t like to see their county humiliated.” —David Harsanyi

Humiliation: “The US has been humiliated by Islamic radicals who have killed and maimed Americans for 20 years toward the end of restoring their medieval rule to Afghanistan, and the president of the United States can’t call them out — because he’s so dependent on them.” —Rich Lowry

Catastrophe: “Joe Biden is having no luck selling the American people on his botched withdrawal. Most Americans, myself included, wanted our troops brought home with a deliberative, vetted, & secure plan. What Biden has overseen instead is a catastrophe that is impossible to deny.” —Senator Ted Cruz

Great question: “How are we going to know if we have evacuated every American if we don’t know how many Americans are in Afghanistan?” —Lisa Boothe

Now do Kavanaugh: “When government politicizes allegations and the headlines condemn without facts, you undermine the justice system. And that doesn’t serve women and it doesn’t serve men. Of course everyone has a right to come forward, and we applaud their bravery and courage in doing so but allegations must still be scrutinized and verified.” —now-former Governor Andrew Cuomo (“There’s a disrespect for women that this administration chronically exemplifies … To second-guess how a woman should’ve acted after a sexual attack is sexist and disgusting. I mean, it’s just insensitive. You don’t understand the pain.” —Andrew Cuomo re: Brett Kavanaugh, September 25, 2018)

Non compos mentis: “You know me. I am a fighter and my instinct is to fight this because it is unfair and unjust in my mind. But you also know that I love New York and I serve you. That is the oath that I took, and in this moment I believe the right thing is that my service come first.” —Andrew Cuomo

And last… “I wish Joe Biden would fight to save trapped Americans in Afghanistan half as hard as he’s fighting Ron DeSantis over masks.” —Congressman Ronny Jackson

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