Ross Mackenzie

Comments about Iraq (etc.) from across the ideological spectrum. . .

Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, the terrorist leader of al-Qaida in Iraq: "The American people.voted for something reasonable in the last elections."

Republican Sen. John McCain: "We are paying a very heavy price for the mismanagement - that's the kindest word I can give you - of Donald Rumsfeld, of this war. . . . I think that Rumsfeld will go down in history as one of the worst secretaries of defense in history."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, on Democrat-backed legislation to reduce or kill President Bush's request for $93 billion in new Pentagon funds for Iraq: "The stakes in Iraq are too high to recycle proposals that have little prospect for success. The passage of this legislation will signal a change in direction in Iraq that will end the fighting and bring our troops home."

Republican Congressman Sam Johnson of Texas, a seven-year veteran of Vietnamese communist prison camps: "Now it's time to stand up for my friends who did not make it home, and for those who fought and died in Iraq already. We must not cut funding for our troops. We must stick by them."

Washington Post national security writer William Arkin, interviewed on television: "Through every Abu Ghraib and Haditha, through every rape and murder, the American public has indulged those in uniform. . . . We pay the soldiers a decent wage, take care of their families, provide them with housing and medical care and vast social support systems, and ship obscene amenities into the war zone for them, we support them in every possible way - and their attitude is that we should in addition roll over and play dead, defer to the military and the generals and let them fight their war, and give up our rights and responsibilities to speak up because they are above society? . . . This NBC report is just an ugly reminder of the price we pay for a mercenary - oops sorry, volunteer - force that thinks it is doing the dirty work."

Democratic Sen. John Kerry on Republican Sen. John Warner's proposal that the Senate debate a resolution opposing more troops for deployment to Iraq: "I really think the (Bush) administration should bend over backward to listen to this senator."

Ross Mackenzie

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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