Magazine article Newsweek

Perspectives

Magazine article Newsweek

Perspectives

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"These are dangerous men."President George W. Bush, upon the transfer of 14 terror suspects who had been secretly housed in foreign prisons.

"I thought every day about how I'd screwed up." Former deputy secretary of State Richard Armitage, on revealing the identity of former covert CIA agent Valerie Plame to a journalist in 2003. Armitage said he didn't come forth sooner because Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald requested that he refrain from discussing the case.

"Everyone that I've talked to says 'Hurray for Susan'." Annie Warnock, neighbor of Portland, Ore., nurse Susan Kuhnhausen, who, with her bare hands, strangled an intruder she found armed with a hammer in her home

"I should have been more vigilant. I should have been more watchful. I should have been a lot of things, I guess." Former Illinois governor George Ryan, shortly before being sentenced to six and a half years in prison for accepting bribes in exchange for steering state business to friends

"The report is a devastating indictment." Sen. Carl Levin, of Michigan, on a Senate intelligence committee report that concluded that Saddam Hussein was "distrustful of Al Qaeda"--not an ally of the terrorist group, as the Bush administration has claimed

"The last thing you want is for the guy who says things are safe to be killed." Venomous-fish expert Leo Smith , on the death of "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, who died after being stung in the heart by a stingray while he was filming a documentary at the Great Barrier Reef off the Australian coast

"We really messed this one up. …

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