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Issue No. 1924

“Congress was right to give the president the authority to use force to hold Saddam Hussein accountable... We must do everything in our power to complete the mission and get the job done.”
John Kerry, Democratic presidential candidate speaking on foreign policy at New York University earlier this month

“We, the recruiters who beat the streets for the army, are struggling very hard. The senior army leadership continues to openly deny this, but I’m here to tell you otherwise. I’ve been recruiting for years now and it’s never been worse.”
US army sergeant, who recruits for the National Guard and Reserve

“Most of the people, 90 percent, have left the city. We can’t stay in Fallujah any more. It’s the bombing. The Americans say they are attacking houses with Zarqawi’s people in them, but the bombs destroy everything around the houses too.”
Mustafa Shawket, owner of an aluminium factory in Fallujah

“Muslim countries that were willing to provide troops were not willing to put them under the command of the US-led coalition. There was too much domestic pressure for the governments to justify putting their troops under US control.”
Senior Iraqi security official, explaining how plans for a UN “peacekeeping” force in Iraq were scuttled

“Ariel Sharon just has him wrapped around his little finger.”
Brent Scowcroft, former US national security adviser speaking about the US president

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Sat 23 Oct 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1924
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