July 2010, Week 4


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REWIND - A week of Quotes & Cartoons


Quote of the Day
July 18, 2010

'Nelson Mandela is a towering figure. He embodies the
highest values of humanity, and of the United Nations.

'Nelson Mandela's accomplishments came at great
personal cost to himself and his family. Today, on the
first Nelson Mandela International Day, we thank him
for everything he has done for freedom, for justice and
for democracy.'

United Nations Secretary General
Ban Ki-moon, on occasion of
Mandela's 92nd Birthday

July 18, 2010

Toon of the Day
Make Work
Tom Toles - Washington Post


Quote of the Day
July 19, 2010

'The war being waged by the United States in
Afghanistan today is fundamentally different and more
ambitious than anything carried out by the Bush
administration. Afghanistan is very much Barack Obama's
war of choice, a point that the president underscored
recently by picking Gen. David Petraeus to lead an
intensified counterinsurgency effort there. After
nearly nine years of war, however, continued or
increased U.S. involvement in Afghanistan isn't likely
to yield lasting improvements that would be
commensurate in any way with the investment of American
blood and treasure. It is time to scale down our
ambitions there and both reduce and redirect what we

Richard N. Haass, president of
the Council on Foreign Relations,
author of War of Necessity, War of
Choice: A Memoir of Two Iraq Wars,
President George W. Bush's
coordinator for the future of

July 18, 2010

Toon of the Day
Sniff, Help...
Nick Anderson - Houston Chronicle


Quote of the Day
July 20, 2010

'When hired, a typical analyst knows very little about
the priority countries - Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and
Pakistan - and is not fluent in their languages. Still,
the number of intelligence reports they produce on
these key countries is overwhelming, say current and
former intelligence officials who try to cull them
every day. The ODNI doesn't know exactly how many
reports are issued each year, but in the process of
trying to find out, the chief of analysis discovered 60
classified analytic Web sites still in operation that
were supposed to have been closed down for lack of
usefulness. "Like a zombie, it keeps on living" is how
one official describes the sites.'

'A hidden world, growing beyond control'
By Dana Priest and William Arkin
Washington Post
July 19, 2010

Toon of the Day
Wall Street Cruising
Tony Auth - Philadelphia Inquirer


Quote of the Day
July 21, 2010

'Washington's corridors of power stretch in a nearly
straight geographical line from the Supreme Court to
the Capitol to the White House. Keep going west, across
the Potomac River, and the unofficial seats of power -
the private, corporate ones - become visible,
especially at night. There in the Virginia suburbs are
the brightly illuminated company logos of Top Secret
America: Northrop Grumman, SAIC, General Dynamics.'

National Security, Inc.
Washington Post
July 20, 2010

Toon of the Day
Jeff Danziger


Quote of the Day
July 22, 2010

'Either way, most Senate watchers, inside and out,
think the odds of a major climate bill are not great.
And if this White House and this Democratic Congress
can't pass one, you have to wonder what the future of
climate policy looks like.

'All the while, the risks and costs of climate change
grow. Sea levels are rising faster than scientists
predicted just a few years ago. Himalayan glaciers are
melting. In the American West, pine beetles (which
struggle to survive the cold) are multiplying and
killing trees.

'According to NASA, 2010 is on course to be the
planet's hottest year since records started in 1880.
The current top 10, in descending order, are: 2005,
2007, 2009, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2004, 2001 and

'Hot is the new normal.'

David Leonhardt
New York Times
July 21, 2010

Toon of the Day
An Opening
Pat Oliphant


Quote of the Day
July 23, 2010

'After the Shirley Sherrod episode, there's no longer
any need to mince words: A cynical right-wing
propaganda machine is peddling the poisonous fiction
that when African-Americans or other minorities reach
positions of power, they seek some kind of revenge
against whites.

'A few of the purveyors of this bigoted nonsense might
actually believe it. Most of them, however, are merely
seeking political gain by inviting white voters to
question the motives and good faith of the nation's
first African-American president. This is really about
tearing Barack Obama down.'

Columnist Eugene Robinson
Washington Post
July 22, 2019

Toon of the Day
Wagging the Dog
Stuart Carlson


Quote of the Day
July 24, 2010

'Finally, on the war: For most Americans, the whole
debate about the war is old if painful news - but not
for those obsessed with refurbishing the Bush image.
Karl Rove now claims that his biggest mistake was
letting Democrats get away with the "shameful" claim
that the Bush administration hyped the case for
invading Iraq. Let the whitewashing begin!

'Again, Republicans aren't trying to rescue George W.
Bush's reputation for sentimental reasons; they're
trying to clear the way for a return to Bush policies.
And this carries a message for anyone hoping that the
next time Republicans are in power, they'll behave
differently. If you believe that they've learned
something - say, about fiscal prudence or the
importance of effective regulation - you're kidding
yourself. You might as well face it: they're addicted
to Bush.'

Columnist Paul Krugman
New York Times
July 23, 2010

Toon of the Day
Winner's Cup
Jeff Danziger


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