This Week In Quotes: March 18 – March 25

by John Hawkins | March 25, 2011 3:39 am

The United States does not have a king’s army. President Obama’s unilateral choice to use U.S. military force in Libya is an affront to our Constitution. — Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.)[1]

When a woman got raped, blame her because she was wearing a skirt too short, she looked the wrong way or she wasn’t home in time to make the dinner. We’ve gotten by that. But it’s amazing how these Republicans, the right wing of this party – whose philosophy threw us into this God-awful hole we’re in, gave us the tremendous deficit we’ve inherited – that they’re now using, now attempting to use, the very economic condition they have created to blame the victim – whether it’s organized labor or ordinary middle-class working men and women. It’s bizarre. It’s bizarre. — Joe Biden[2]

Indiscriminate bombing. Who gave those countries the right? Neither the United States, nor France, nor England, nor any country has the right to be dropping bombs. — Hugo Chavez[3]

I have always said, heard, that it would not be strange that there had been civilization on Mars, but maybe capitalism arrived there, imperialism arrived and finished off the planet. — Hugo Chavez[4]

We did not lead this. We did not engage in unilateral actions in any way, but we strongly support the international community taking action against governments and leaders who behave as Gaddafi is unfortunately doing. — Hillary Clinton[5] on the Libyan War

It’s “After the Iraq War,” NR’s editors conclude, “we are all mindful of the risks inherent in any military action.” Still, they continue, “if we can’t establish a no-fly zone over Libya and stop Qaddafi’s drive toward Benghazi, we really are tapped out as a world power.” But surely a true world power doesn’t need to embark on ill-considered military intervention just to prove that it isn’t yet “tapped out.” (I have every confidence that we can stop Qaddafi’s drive toward Benghazi. Indeed, I’m so confident that I don’t think we need to go the trouble of proving it.) — Ross Douthat[6]

Look at what’s going on in your country (Barack Obama) and remember your words, because the American people are rising against their own government. It’s not Muslims. It’s not black people. It’s white militia that are angry with their government. And they are well armed. Are you going to tell them: ‘Put your arms down, and let’s talk it over peacefully’? I hope so, but if not, America will be bathed in blood, not because Farrakhan said so but because dissatisfaction in American has reached the boiling point. Be careful how you manipulate the dissatisfaction in Libya and other parts of the Muslim world. — Louis Farrakhan[7]

If Libya and the US enter into a war you will always remain my son, and I have love for you. — Gaddafi[8] in a letter to Obama

How would you behave so that I can follow your example? — Gaddafi[8] in a letter to Obama

This command-and-control business is complicated, and we haven’t done something like this kind of on-the-fly before. — Robert Gates[9]

I was, frankly, very disappointed that [Nicolas] Sarkozy did not share with us his Final Four picks and I think it’s his failure to understand the Final Four that allowed him to focus on Libya…Clearly, if he had understood the American system he would have understood that his is not a good week to deal with Libya because this is the week to deal with Kansas, Ohio State, and you know things that were really important. — Newt Gingrich[10]

President Obama moved forward without Congress approving. He didn’t have Congressional authorization, he has gone against the Constitution, and that’s got to be said. It’s not even disputable, this isn’t even a close question. Such an action — that involves putting America’s service men and women into harm’s way, whether they’re in the Air Force or the Navy — is a grave decision that cannot be made by the president alone. And I’m raising the question as to whether or not it’s an impeachable offense. It would appear on its face to be an impeachable offense. Now, it doesn’t necessarily follow that simply because a president has committed an impeachable offense, that the process should start to impeach and remove him. That’s a whole separate question. But we have to clearly understand what this Constitution is about. — Dennis Kucinich[11]

Well, we’re in Libya because of oil. — Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA[12]

We have neither the troops, stomach, or $$ (dollars) to fight a ground war for months/years to defeat (Muammar Gaddafi)… May I suggest a 50-mile evacuation zone around Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize? — Michael Moore[13]

What has happened in Libya differs from the goal of imposing a no-fly zone and what we want is the protection of civilians and not bombing other civilians. From the start we requested only that a no-fly zone be set up to protect Libyan civilians and avert any other developments or additional measures. — The Arab League’s Secretary General, Amr Moussa[14]

The (UN resolution on Libya) is defective and flawed. It allows everything. It resembles medieval calls for crusades. — Vladimir Putin[15]

America is the brokest country in history. We owe more money than anyone has ever owed anyone. And Obama and Reid say relax, that’s no reason not to spend more — because the world hasn’t yet concluded we have no intention of paying it back. When they do, the dollar will collapse, like those buildings in Sendai. — Mark Steyn[16]

  1. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.):
  2. Joe Biden:
  3. Hugo Chavez:
  4. Hugo Chavez:
  5. Hillary Clinton:
  6. Ross Douthat:
  7. Louis Farrakhan:
  8. Gaddafi:
  9. Robert Gates:
  10. Newt Gingrich:
  11. Dennis Kucinich:
  12. Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA:
  13. Michael Moore:
  14. The Arab League’s Secretary General, Amr Moussa:
  15. Vladimir Putin:
  16. Mark Steyn:

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