Quotes of the Week

November 22nd, 2009 § 1 comment

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William McGurn (WSJ)

“It is foolish to think that al Qaeda does not train to our system and look for our vulnerabilities,” says Mr. (Andrew) McCarthy. “Remember what Khalid Sheikh Mohammed told his captors when we got him, ‘I’ll see you in New York with my lawyer.’ It seems he knows our weaknesses better than our government does.”

Victor Davis Hanson:

I would trust the judgment of someone with Palin’s background on matters of Iran or Honduras or Putin far more than I would someone of Obama’s resume. I would trust my neighbor who farms 180 acres more than I would a chairman of an academic department. I know, I know, there are extreme binaries, but they are reflective of the lack of autonomy and physicality today and the undue emphasis on elite schooling as prerequisites for success. We know now that you can do nothing and still finish as the head of  Harvard Law Review, or win a Nobel Prize, but if you miss an antlered moose, or run out of gas in the tundra, or fall overboard on a salmon boat, there is no Norwegian committee or Harvard Law Dean to bail you out.

Dan Henninger:

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is an old-school jihadi. They sit in far-off redoubts, assembling terror teams of foreign nationals who now must figure out how to get themselves and their plot inside the U.S. Not impossible, but harder than before 9/11.

Hasan is new school. He is what’s known as a homegrown terrorist. Virtually all the Islamic terrorist plots thwarted in the U.S. in recent years were homegrown, not designed from afar by a KSM.

Senator Tom Coburn:

The Health Care Bill doesn’t fix health care; it grows government; and: Government programs have incentivized doctors to avoid going into family practice; and: Has 3,607 uses of word “shall.”

Thomas Sowell:

Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it”

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