Wednesday, April 21, 2004

"Some of our people are running away to wash the bodies of elderly people in England. Yet we are giving farms to people here. What are you running away for? Zimbabwe's problems can only be solved by Zimbabweans, not by foreigners. We have got medicine to sort out our problems, we have got traditional healers."

-Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe, as quoted by South African Broadcasting Corporation. What are they running away for? I can't imagine! Personally, I wouldn't mind at all living in a country with torture camps, arbitrary arrests, 0% rule of law, 100% corruption and government manipulated famine.


"The war on terror must never be used as an excuse for silencing legitimate dissent and expressions of opinion."

-Vice-President Dick Cheney, as quoted by The State Department. Interesting observation from an administration who invented so-called "free speech zones" to keep unpatriot... er, dissenters far enough away so that administration officials never have to hear them. Makes you wonder why they can "constructively engage" with the Chinese autocrats but not with pro-democracy advocates at home.


"I think that the proposition of going to Baghdad is also fallacious. I think if we were going to remove Saddam Hussein we would have had to go all the way to Baghdad . . . And once we'd done that and we'd gotten rid of Saddam Hussein and his government, then we'd have had to put another government in its place.

What kind of government? Should it be a Sunni government or Shi'i government or a Kurdish government or Ba'athist regime? Or maybe we want to bring in some of the Islamic fundamentalists? How long would we have had to stay in Baghdad to keep that government in place? What would happen to the government once U.S. forces withdrew? How many casualties should the United States accept in that effort to try to create clarity and stability in a situation that is inherently unstable?

I think it is vitally important for a President to know when to use military force. I think it is also very important for him to know when not to commit U.S. military force. And it's my view that the President got it right both times, that it would have been a mistake for us to get bogged down in the quagmire inside Iraq."

--Then War Secretary Dick Cheney, as quoted by The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 1991.

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