"The United States has more musicians in its military bands than it has diplomats." —Nicholas D. Kristof (8/10/08)
""This is your neighborhood. It doesn't take you long to get home. How long does it take you to get home? Eight hours? Me too. Russia's a big country and you're a big country." —George W. Bush to Chinese president Hu Jintao at the 2006 Group of Eight summit in Saint Petersburg, Russia, over a live mic that caught our presiden'ts attempts at high level international communications.
"There was a brief five-year period when we could get away with treating Russia like Jamaica—that's over. Now we have to deal with them like grown-ups who have more nuclear weapons than anybody except us." —Michael Spector, New Yorker writer