'Saved in an Archive'
“All of the printed and voiced prophecies should be saved in an archive. When these false prophets again appear, they can be reminded of the error of their previous ways and at least be offered an opportunity to recant and repent. Otherwise, they will return to us in another situation where their expertise will be acknowledged, or taken for granted, but their credibility will be lacking.”
—Cal Thomas (syndicated column, 4/16/03)
'A Matter of Days ... Maybe Hours'
“I will bet you the best dinner in the gaslight district of San Diego that military action will not last more than a week. Are you willing to take that wager?”
—Bill O’Reilly (Fox News Channel, 1/29/03)
“It won’t take weeks. You know that, professor. Our military machine will crush Iraq in a matter of days and there’s no question that it will.”
(Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly, 2/10/03)
“There’s no way. There’s absolutely no way. They may bomb for a matter of weeks, try to soften them up as they did in Afghanistan. But once the United States and Britain unleash, it’s maybe hours. They’re going to fold like that.”
(Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly, 2/10/03)
'Final Word Is Hooray'
“Well, the hot story of the week is victory. . . . The Tommy Franks/Don Rumsfeld battle plan, war plan, worked brilliantly, a three-week war with mercifully few American deaths or Iraqi civilian deaths . . . There is a lot of work yet to do, but all the naysayers have been humiliated so far . . . The final word on this is hooray.”
—Morton Kondracke (Fox News Channel, 4/12/03)
'It Gets Easier'
“The war was the hard part. The hard part was putting together a coalition, getting 300,000 troops over there and all their equipment and winning. And it gets easier. I mean, setting up a democracy is hard, but it is not as hard as winning a war.”
—Fred Barnes (Fox News Channel, 4/10/03)
Liberals and Arabs
“The only people who think this wasn’t a victory are Upper Westside liberals, and a few people here in Washington.”
—Charles Krauthammer (Inside Washington, WUSA-TV, 4/19/03)
“Some journalists, in my judgment, just can’t stand success, especially a few liberal columnists and newspapers and a few Arab reporters.”
—Lou Dobbs (CNN, 4/14/03)
“More than anything else, real vindication for the administration. One, credible evidence of weapons of mass destruction. Two, you know what? There were a lot of terrorists here, really bad guys. I saw them.”
—Bob Arnot (MSNBC, 4/9/03)
'The Left Has to Hang Its Head'
“Over the next couple of weeks when we find the chemical weapons this guy was amassing, the fact that this war was attacked by the left and so the right was so vindicated, I think, really means that the left is going to have to hang its head for three or four more years.”
—Dick Morris (Fox News Channel, 4/9/03)
'Swift and Relatively Bloodless Victory'
“Tommy Franks and the coalition forces have demonstrated the old axiom that boldness on the battlefield produces swift and relatively bloodless victory. The three-week swing through Iraq has utterly shattered skeptics’ complaints.”
—Tony Snow (Fox News Channel, 4/27/03)
'Amazing How Thorough the Victory'
“It is amazing how thorough the victory in Iraq really was in the broadest context. . . . And the silence, I think, is that it’s clear that nobody can do anything about it. There isn’t anybody who can stop him. The Democrats cannot oppose him politically.”
—Washington Post reporter Jeff Birnbaum (Fox News Channel, 5/2/03)
'He Won Today'
“Why don’t the damn Democrats give the president his day? He won today. He did well today.”
—Chris Matthews (MSNBC, 4/9/03)
'Admit They Were Wrong'
“But first, now that the war in Iraq is all but over, should the people in Hollywood who opposed the president admit they were wrong?”
—Alan Colmes (Fox News Channel, 4/25/03)
'Waiting to Hear the Words'
“I’m waiting to hear the words, ‘I was wrong,’ from some of the world’s most elite journalists, politicians and Hollywood types. . . . I just wonder, who’s going to be the first elitist to show the character to say: Hey, America, guess what? I was wrong? . . . Maybe disgraced commentators and politicians alike, like [Tom] Daschle, Jimmy Carter, Dennis Kucinich and all those others, will step forward tonight and show the content of their character by simply admitting what we know already: that their wartime predictions were arrogant, they were misguided and they were dead wrong. Maybe, just maybe, these self-anointed critics will learn from their mistakes. But I doubt it. After all, we don’t call them ‘elitists’ for nothing.”
—Joe Scarborough (MSNBC, 4/10/03)