Magazine article Newsweek

Perspectives

Magazine article Newsweek

Perspectives

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Byline: Quotation sources: USA Today, The Washington Post (2), BBC, International Herald-Tribune, Reuters, The Washington Post, AP, NPR

"It could be a lost year."

Republican strategist Bill Dal Col, on whether the Bush administration can weather mounting challenges and salvage its agenda

"This is simply the beginning. There is little room for maneuver left for the Syrians now. They have to cooperate fully to save themselves."

Lebanese lawmaker Farid El-Khazen, on a U.N. report implicating Syria in the assassination of former Lebanese P.M. Rafiq Hariri

"We're working hard to carry out our responsibilities, not have this thing taken by winks and nods and quiet promises over conference calls. We'd actually like to know what the heck is going on."

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, on Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers's hotly contested confirmation process

"You allowed your fighters to be laid down facing west and burned. You are too scared to retrieve the bodies. This just proves you are the lady boys we always believed you to be."

An unidentified U.S. soldier, in a videotape by an Australian photojournalist that appears to show troops burning the bodies of two dead Taliban fighters and taunting villagers with their smoking corpses; the Army is investigating

"If something comes along that is truly serious, truly serious, something like a nuclear weapon going off in an American city, or something like a major pandemic, you are going to see the ineptitude of this government in a way that will take you back to the Declaration of Independence. …

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