A garden variety of current quotations. . . .
Author and Pepperdine University senior fellow Joel Kotkin, likening today's liberal-conservative split to the Cavalier-Roundhead split (crown supporters vs. Puritan supporters of Cromwell) in 17th century England:
"On the economic and demographic levels, America's Roundheads seem to have the long-term advantage in this struggle. For more than a generation, the U.S. population has been shifting not only to the 'red' states of the once declasse South, but also generally to the suburbs, particularly the outer rings, and to smaller cities, where Roundheads tend to congregate. These outlying districts, and especially certain states - Nevada, Utah, Georgia, Texas and North Carolina - are gaining residents, representatives and electoral votes, giving the Roundheads growing clout."
President Bush, on why the U.S. went into Iraq:
"In Iraq, I saw a gathering threat. The world saw a gathering threat. The United Nations saw a threat. I went to the United Nations. I said, Listen, you have been calling upon this guy to disarm for 10 years. He has chosen not to. Now let's give him one more final chance to do so. And unanimously the Security Council stepped up and said disarm or face serious consequences."
Investor's Business Daily, in an editorial:
"Three months before the war began, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon warned Israelis that intelligence showed Iraq was moving large amounts of military materiel into Syria. [This past April], Israeli Lt. Gen. Moshe Yaalon, Israel's military chief, told an Israeli newspaper his nation's intelligence concluded Iraq had chemical weapons and the means to deliver them before the war. . . . [And] last year, when former chief weapons inspector David Kay delivered his report on Iraq, he said it was likely that the weapons had existed, but that they were shipped somewhere else - most likely, again, Syria."
From a Washington Post news story about higher transportation costs in the D.C. area:
"Whether it's on the roads, the rails or on buses, the cost of moving around the Washington region grew more expensive this week. Gas prices are near all-time highs, taxi rates in the District just rose and downtown parking rates are increasing. For the second year in a row, Metro [mass transit] riders had to pay more to park at a station or board a train or bus yesterday, a development that left many of Metro's 1.1 million daily bus and rail passengers steaming."
Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.
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