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"The Pentagon still has not given a name to the Iraqi war. Somehow 'Operation Re-elect Bush' doesn't seem to be popular." -- Jay Leno, quoted by Frank Rich, March 12

"Isn't it more likely that antipathy toward the United States in the Islamic world might diminish amid the demonstrations of jubilant Iraqis celebrating the end of a regime that has few equals in its ruthlessness?" -- Republican senator John McCain, quoted by Frank Rich, March 12

"But why should we hear about body bags, and deaths, and how many, what day it's gonna happen, and how many this or what do you suppose? Or, I mean, it's, it's not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?" -- Barbara Bush, on her refusal to watch the news from Iraq, on Good Morning America, March 13, quoted by the New York Times