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"This has been a tough war for commentators on the American left. ...Liberal writers for ideologically driven magazines like The Nation and for less overtly political ones like The New Yorker did not predict a defeat, but the terrible consequences many warned of have not happened. Now liberal commentators must address the victory at hand and confront an ascendant conservative juggernaut that asserts US might can set the world right." -- New York Times reporter David Carr, Dave Zweifel, April 16

"Imagine these startling headlines with the nation at war in the Pacific six months after Dec. 7, 1941: 'No Signs of Japanese Involvement in Pearl Harbor Attack! Faulty Intelligence Cited; Wolfowitz: Mistakes Were Made.' Or how about an equally disconcerting World War II headline from the European theater: 'German Army Not Found in France, Poland, Admits President; Rumsfeld: "Oops!," Powell Silent; "Bring 'Em On," Says Defiant FDR.'"
-- Charles Goyette, American Conservative

Halliburton and Bechtel take over reconstruction efforts in Iraq

Bush administration begins to back off on WMD story, and instead cites "humanitarian reasons" justifying invasion (see below)

April 19: "The only people who think this wasn't a victory [in Iraq] are Upper West Side liberals, and a few people here in Washington." -- conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer, quoted by Dave Zweifel, April 19

Coalition Provisional Authority formed
CPA Seal
The official seal of the CPA
"The hunt for WMD is here, not in Talil. I'm assigned to cover that hunt. I want to remain here in Baghdad without disembedding until MET Alpha returns to Baghdad with the 75th XTF, when I shall rejoin them. I see no reason for me to waste time (or Met Alpha, for that matter) in Talil.... Request permission to stay on here with Ahmad Cha colleagues at the Palestine Hotel til Met Alpha returns or order to return [to Talil] is rescinded. I intend to write about this decision in the NYTimes to send a successful team back...just as progress on WMD is being made."

"If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual gay sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything. All of those things are antithetical to a healthy, stable, traditional family and that's sort of where we are in today's world, unfortunately. It all comes from, I would argue, the right to privacy that doesn't exist, in my opinion, in the United States Constitution." -- Republican senator Rick Santorum, Associated Press, April 22, quoted by Brandi Mills