"It gives no real hope for ordinary Iraqis.... I think [the troop
surge] will not curb the violence for a long time because the
problem is not only military, it is more political and about foreign
~~b~~- Hussein al-Falluji, Sunni Arab member of Iraq's
"Bush's speech still contained the logic of force and destruction
instead of the logic of dialogue and political solutions...."
~~b~~- Falah Hassan, Shiite member of Iraq's parliament~~/b~~
"The signs from the State of the Union are positive, but we do
need to make sure we get a binding international framework that
allows us to tackle this issue [climate change] at the only level
ultimately it can be tackled, which is by making sure we have an
agreement with all the major countries including America, China, and
~~b~~- British Prime Minister Tony Blair~~/b~~
"[The commitment to reducing gasoline usage by 20 percent by
2017] counts in my book as a firm commitment. This obviously fits
into a situation where we have a momentum building up, not just in
the States but also worldwide on energy and climate change."
~~b~~- British government spokesman ~~/b~~
"It was self-confident without being in any way arrogant. It was
reaching out. He was looking for the cooperation that might be
possible, which is what one would expect from a lame duck.... On
foreign policy I didn't see anything new ... just a plea for
cooperation for [the Iraq surge].... Unless he has a good deal of
luck in Iraq, it will be that for which he is remembered.
~~b~~- Robert McGeehan, Chatham House think tank, London~~/b~~
"The centerpiece domestic policy proposed - a shift in energy
consumption to reduce America's dependence on imported oil - has
been the stated goal of just about every president for the last 35
years. Measures to broaden the reach of health insurance also seem
to have been an objective of every president in living memory. And
yet the number of those who are uninsured does not seem to change
much from one decade to the next."
~~b~~- Gerard Baker, The Times online (London)~~/b~~
On Iraq: "He [Bush] is taking a terrible political risk over Iraq
by seeming to be provoking a reaction among Democrats. It looks from
France like the president wishes for the Democrats to appear
unpatriotic by not supporting the surge initiative. I don't know if
that's going to sell."
On climate change: "When you think of what Bush did in 2001, the
new view on climate change is amazing, a complete U-turn.
On the surge: "The view many of us take is that a 21,000 surge is
too much if what you are planning is withdrawal, and too little if
you want to do something serious. …