Quotes of the week: March 11-17, 2012

Richard Pichet

French President Nicolas Sarkozy delivering a speech in Morée, France, on Feb. 9, 2010.

Monday, March 12, 2012

[W]e reject any equivalence between premeditated murders by a government's military machine and the actions of civilians under siege driven to self-defense. How cynical that, even as Assad was receiving former Secretary General Kofi Annan, the Syrian Army was conducting a fresh assault on Idlib and continuing its aggression in Hama, Homs, and Rastan.

— U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a speech before the U.N. Security Council

I am gravely concerned at the latest escalation between Gaza and Israel, and once again civilians are paying a terrible price.

— U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaking before the U.N. Security Council

Killings of civilians must end now. The world must send a clear and united message that this is simply unacceptable.

— Former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan delivering remarks in Turkey after arriving from Syria

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

We want our companies building those [high-tech] products right here in America. But to do that, American manufacturers need to have access to rare earth materials which China supplies. Now, if China would simply let the market work on its own, we'd have no objections.

President Barack Obama at a White House press conference, discussing a challenge being presented to the World Trade Organization about China’s restrictions of exports of rare earth minerals

Tonight proved that the elite media's effort to convince the nation that Mitt Romney is inevitable just collapsed. I hope this evening we have ended any talk about inevitability.

Newt Gingrich speaking in Birmingham, Ala., after finishing ahead of Mitt Romney, but behind Rick Santorum, in last week’s Deep South primaries

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

It makes me ill how callously people talk about ripping their clients off. Over the last 12 months I have seen five different managing directors refer to their own clients as “muppets,” sometimes over internal e-mail.

Greg Smith, former executive at Goldman Sachs, in a New York Times op-ed

Sen. Santorum is a nice guy, but he does not understand how the economy works. He’s never had a job in the real economy.

Mitt Romney in a Fox News interview

There will be a robust coalition presence during this fighting season, and after the fighting season, in conjunction with our allies ... [we’ll discuss] how to make sure [the draw-down] doesn’t result in a steep cliff after 2014, but rather is gradual.

President Obama at a news conference with U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron

Thursday, March 15, 2012

If the attorney general is going to justify targeted killings based upon “robust” congressional oversight, he needs to follow through and make these documents available to Congress, not just give us the “CliffsNotes” in a speech to law students.

 Sen. Chuck Grassley at a meeting of the Judiciary Committee

He’s [Limbaugh] really the de facto boss of the party. Everybody responds to him, which is the reason why I think Gov. Romney was afraid to take him on.

— Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod on CNN

[The] NGO issue issue is a bump in the road. We have a lot in common with the Egyptian people in furtherance, again, of their success.

Nancy Pelosi at a news conference in Cairo, Egypt

The entire boycott movement is garbage. The far left threatening sponsors who advertise on programs they don’t like is flat-out un-American.

Bill O’Reilly speaking on his show

Friday, March 16, 2012

We are all against military intervention in Syria, and we want the problem to be resolved in an Arab framework.

— Tunisian Foreign Minister Rafik Abdessalem speaking after meeting with his Egyptian and Libyan counterparts

The Syrian people should determine who will lead their country and so the opinion of some of our foreign partners will hardly foster a solution.

— Russian deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov

I have two red lines. I cannot accept that we put the oppressors and victims in the same boat. The regime must initiate the cessation of hostilities. The second red line: we cannot be satisfied with just a humanitarian and ceasefire resolution. There must be a reference to a political settlement based on the Arab League proposal.

— French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe in an interview with Le Monde

You might have noticed that we have some guests in Illinois this week. Apparently things haven't quite wrapped up on the other side, so there's actually some interest in the primary that we have here on Tuesday.

President Obama at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, Ill.

Partisans Quote of the Week

Do you think I give a damn about what you say? What do you expect me to say? What a dummy!

— French President Nicolas Sarkozy speaking to a journalist on Thursday about clashes between police and striking steel workers