|Monday, March 17, 2003||ISSUE #265|
March 17, 2003
COLUMBUS: President Bush kinda pulled the rug out from under St. Patrick's celebration today. You know, all this War talk is liable to drive an Irishman to drink.
Our President announced that Saddam Hussein has 48 hours to get out of Dodge. Folks are hoping he will hitch a ride tomorrow with the UN inspectors.
There's not much chance Saddam will change his mind, but Turkey changed theirs. They agreed to let our Army march through their country after all. They didn't want to lose out on that $15 Billion offer. They came close; Ohio's Governor offered to let 'em go by way of Cleveland for ten.
Historic quotes from Will Rogers: (on diplomacy, war, France and other European countries)
"Diplomats are just as essential to starting a war as Soldiers are for finishing it. You take diplomacy out of war and the thing would fall flat in a week... England, France and Germany have Diplomats that have had the honor of starting every war they have had in their lifetime. Ours are not so good – they are Amateurs – they have only talked us into one." Saturday Evening Post, June 9, 1928
"There's the one thing no nation can ever accuse us of and that is Secret Diplomacy. Our foreign dealings are an Open Book, generally a Check Book." WA #45, October 21, 1923
"There is only one way we could be in worse with Europeans, and that is to have helped them out in two wars instead of one." Saturday Evening Post, July 10, 1926
"You know, of course, that we stand in Europe about like a Horse Thief. Now I want to report to you that that is not so. We don't stand like a Horse Thief abroad. Whoever told you we did is flattering us. We don't stand as good as a Horse Thief. They knew what you were sore at them for.
"I would like to stay in Europe long enough to find some country that don't blame America for everything in the world that's happened to 'em in the last fifteen years – debts, depression, disarmament, disease, fog, famine or frostbite.... The birth rate is falling off so I am going to get out of here before we get blamed." DT # 1718, Jan. 26, 1932
"Nice, France: It's pronounced neece, not nice; they have no word for nice in French." Sat. Evening Post, August 28, 1927
"A bunch of American tourists were hissed and stoned yesterday in France, but not until they had finished buying." DT #4, August 2, 1926
"I would say to France, 'You don't seem to think you owe us anything. What we did for you, you think we owed you. Now if it wasn't worth anything, why let it go. But, listen, if we wasn't worth anything in this War, why don't expect us in the next one.'
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