Quotes of the Day

There is only one word for a situation in which you cannot win and you cannot withdraw: Quagmire.–Larry Diamond, a former advisor to the U.S. occupation authority, on the situation in Iraq

If we cannot provide…clarity, we risk the loss of support of the American people, loss of potential contributions from our allies and the disillusionment of Iraqis.–Sen Richard Lugar

It is worse than I had thought it was going to be, worse than most people thought it was going to be.–Phebe Marr, an Iraq expert formerly at the National Defense University

We could not have screwed up more if we had set out to do it deliberately.–An active-duty officer who recently returned from Iraq and spoke on condition he not be identified

I believe we are absolutely on the brink of failure.–Retired Marine Gen. Joseph P. Hoar, a former commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East

I think we’re on the brink of success here.–Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

‘To counter that spreading sense of disorder and shore up public support, Bush plans to give six…speeches.’

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