This Week In Quotes: September 6 – 12

The weak man always secretly hates the strong man, and the deranged weak man sets about doing something about it. And I don’t mean “useful steps towards self-improvement.”

Crediting Al Qaeda’s stated reasons for attacking us is like crediting the stated reasons of a Stalker who shows up at your door with a knife and says “You shouldn’t have gone to my supermarket.” Yes, that’s the stated reason, the pretext, but the real reason is an unreasoning hate and an obsessive thirst for vengeance for slights both real and mostly imagined.

Imagine if the police told you at this point: “He’s quite right, you know. You shouldn’t have gone to his supermarket. What were you thinking, provoking him like that?”

You’d call that cop an idiot, wouldn’t you?

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When a murderous organization is citing The Mighty Snubbings of the 11th Century as part of its case in chief against you, you may safely assume that they simply hate you for irrational reasons quite apart from the ones they’re offering. Those reasons are only offered to make their lunacy seem a bit more lucid. And perhaps to hide their real reasons from hatred even from themselves. Their egos could not accept the truth. — Ace

According to the non-partisan Medicare actuary, (Obamacare’s) arbitrary spending reductions could cause 15% of hospitals to become unprofitable by 2019, and as many as 40% of hospitals to become unprofitable in the long term. These hospitals could face the choice between shutting out seniors or shutting their doors for good. — Jim DeMint

We will be able to hold Bashar al-Assad accountable without engaging in troops on the ground or any other prolonged kind of effort in a very limited, very targeted, short-term effort that degrades his capacity to deliver chemical weapons without assuming responsibility for Syria’s civil war. That is exactly what we are talking about doing — unbelievably small, limited kind of effort. — John Kerry

So much for Obama’s repeated insistence that Assad must go. Indeed, Putin has openly demandedthat any negotiation be conditioned on a U.S. commitment to forswear the use of force against Assad. On Thursday, Assad repeated that demand, warning that without an American pledge not to attack and not to arm the rebels, his government would agree to nothing.

This would abolish the very possibility of America tilting the order of battle in a Syrian war that Assad is now winning thanks to Russian arms, Iranian advisers and Lebanese Hezbollah shock troops. Putin thus assures the survival of his Syrian client and the continued ascendancy of the anti-Western Iranian bloc.

And what does America get? Obama saves face.

Some deal. — Charles Krauthammer

They’re not going to impeach the president. They’re not that crazy…“I think that, one, that the president of the United States should go back, if this fails, this Russian initiative, and convince the American people again. Then I think the president has to decide what’s in our vital national interest. — John McCain

And so to my friends on the right, I ask you to reconcile your commitment to America’s military might with the failure to act when a cause is so plainly just. To my friends on the left, I ask you to reconcile your belief in freedom and dignity for all people with those images of children writhing in pain and going still on a cold hospital floor, for sometimes resolutions and statements of condemnation are simply not enough. — Barack Obama

Twelve years after we were attacked by al-Qaeda, twelve years after 3,000 Americans were killed by al-Qaeda, President Obama now asks us to be allies with al-Qaeda. — Rand Paul

In the early days of the feminist movement, every small victory was celebrated. There was exultation, liberation, a sense of joy at women’s progress that seems largely absent today. Somehow the mood of the movement has shifted into reverse: The closer women get to real power, the more they cling to the idea that they are powerless. To rejoice about feminist victories these days counts as betrayal. — Hanna Rosin

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