- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 31, 2008




The end of capitalism and the demise of the United States as a superpower:”The world will not be the same as before the crisis … One thing seems probable to me: The United States will lose its status as the superpower of the global financial system. The global financial system will become multipolar,” German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrueck on Sept. 25

“Laissez-faire is finished. The all-powerful market that always knows best is finished.” French President Nicholas Sarkozy in Toulon on Sept. 25.

Russia on my doorstep, as seen by Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin:”They’re very, very important to us and they are our next door neighbor …. They’re our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.” … “What insight does that give you into what they’re doing in Georgia?” … “Well, I’m giving you that perspective of how small our world is and how important it is that we work with our allies to keep good relation with all of these countries, especially Russia.” Exchange between Sarah Palin and Charles Gibson of ABC News on Sept. 11.

Sen. Joseph Biden, prophet and wiseman of the Obama administration:Mark my words. It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy … Remember I said it standing here if you don’t remember anything else I said. Watch, we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy. I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate.” The inimitable Mr. Biden to Emerald City supporters on Oct. 20, before he was comprehensively muzzled by the Obama campaign.

How the United States “orchestrated” the Georgian war:”U.S. citizens were indeed in the area in conflict. They were acting in implementing those orders doing as they were ordered, and the only one who can give such orders is their leader.” Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Aug. 28.

A diversity of dangers, from terrorism to melting ice: “The terrorists of September 11th plotted in Hamburg and trained in Kandahar and Karachi before killing thousands from all over the globe on American soil. As we speak, cars in Boston and factories in Beijing are melting the ice caps in the Arctic, shrinking coastlines in the Atlantic, and bringing drought to farms from Kansas to Kenya.” Campaign speech in Berlin, on April 24.

President of the world?: “People of Berlin - people of the world - this is our moment. This is our time. People of Berlin - and people of the world - the scale of our challenge is great. The road ahead will be long. But I come before you to say that we are heirs to a struggle for freedom. We are a people of improbable hope. With an eye toward the future, with resolve in our hearts, let us remember this history, and answer our destiny, and remake the world once again.” Same speech, April, 24.

The “lost” war in Iraq, as seen darkly from Capitol Hill:”I believe … that this war is lost, and this surge is not accomplishing anything, as is shown by the extreme violence in Iraq this week.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on April 19.

Failure in Iraq is not an option:”It is the most solemn duty of our country, is to protect our country from harm … A lesson learned was that at least in my opinion that in order to protect us, we must aggressively pursue the enemy and defeat them elsewhere so that we do not have to face them here.” President Bush on April 19, addressing an Ohio town hall meeting.

Helle Dale is director of the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation.

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