The “Fruit Salad of Their Life” News, 2 March 2016

News Quotes:

“In Iraq, the U.S. intervened and occupied, and the result was a costly disaster. In Libya, the U.S. intervened and did not occupy, and the result was a costly disaster. In Syria, the U.S. neither intervened nor occupied, and the result is a costly disaster.” Philip Gordon (Politico; The New Yorker)

“As a diplomat, Hillary Clinton wins credit inside the Administration for visiting a hundred and twelve countries and helping to transform America’s image in the world after the catastrophic Bush years. She led efforts to open relations with Burma, brokered a 2012 ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, and drafted economic sanctions on Iran. But she was as restrained in her ambitions as she was disciplined.” David Remnick (The New Yorker)

“I declare I am not going to pay for that fucking wall. He should pay for it.” Former Mexican President Vicente Fox, speaking to Jorge Ramos about Republican presidential primary candidate Donald Trump’s Great Wall Proposal. In response, Mr. Trump claimed Fox’s comments were disgusting, stating “I can tell you that I would not use that word.” (Fusion; APM: Marketplace)

“If [Donald Trump] were to order that [as president], once in government, the American armed forces would refuse to act…[as a member of the armed forces] you are required not to follow an unlawful order — that would be in violation of all the international laws of armed conflict.” General Michael Hayden, regarding Donald Trump’s statement that, as commander in chief, he would order the targeted killing of “terrorists'” family members. (HBO; Real Time with Bill Maher)

“I love the poorly educated.” Presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has stated his intent to eliminate the U.S. Department of Education and also that he didn’t “know anything about David Duke or white supremacy or supremacists” and that he would need to “read up” on the Ku Klux Klan before disavowing them. (PBS; NPR; HBO Real Time with Bill Maher)

“…when John Kerry talks about it may be a failed state, unfortunately that’s also silly on its face. It is a failed state. When you have a country where three major cities are held by three separate groups, where you’ve got two central banks, you’ve got two legislatures, you’ve got two nominal heads of state, militias fighting and rampaging across the country, you know, …” Yochi Dreazen (NPR; WAMU The Diane Rehm Show)

“You think of the students as cuddly bunnies, but you can’t. You just have to drown the bunnies. Put a Glock to their heads.” Simon Newman, former president of Mount. St. Mary’s University in Maryland, who had “encouraged” so-called at-risk freshman to resign in the first couple weeks of the academic year, so as not to jeopardize the school’s official retention rate. Mr. Newman will now be spending more time with his family. (APM: Marketplace)

And, from the Great American Zeitgeist: Living Wage Girlfight between Talia, Stefanie, and (most triumphantly) Sara Lynn Michener, whose response needs to be read. (There’s also this take on the living wage: Just-World Phenomenon: Earning a Living and Being American)

Today’s title is brought to you by the former presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson, who has “suspended his campaign” as of March 2, 2016, but not before saying that if he were president he wouldn’t nominate anyone to sit on the bench of the Supreme Court without first examining “the fruit salad of their life.” This, we can all agree, is mightily reassuring.



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