Voices in the News

A montage of voices in this past week's news, including: The Rev. Willam Sloane Coffin; Cora Weiss, president of the Hague Appeal for Peace; Retired U.S. Gen. John Riggs; Gen. Peter Pace, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; Andrew McBride, former federal prosecutor; Secretary of State Condoleezza Rize; journalist Seymour Hersh; President Bush.

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From NPR News, this is WEEKEND EDITION. I'm Jacki Lyden.

And these were some of the voices in the news this past week.

Reverend WILLIAM SLOANE COFFIN (Deceased): Hope is a state of mind independent of the state of the world. So you, if you're heart's full of hope, you can be persistent when you can't be optimistic. You can keep the faith despite the evidence, knowing that only in so doing has the evidence any chance of changing. So while I'm not optimistic, I'm always very hopeful.

Ms. CORA WEISS (President of the Hague Appeal for Peace): Bill was clearly the conscience of the country, and he questioned authority long before that phrase came into vogue. From the clergy to the White House, he did more than question, he protested.

Mr. ANDREW McBRIDE (Former Federal Prosecutor): It really comes down to fact, that this jury is asked to make a moral decision based on the magnitude of the crime, Mr. Moussaoui's involvement in it, weighed against what the defense is now going to put on, which is here's a little bit about Mr. Moussaoui and how he got to where he is today.

General JOHN RIGGS (Retired, U.S. Army): I think it's in some ways his arrogance that's keeping things going. I think he should step aside and let someone step in who can be more realistic.

General PETER PACE (Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff): He does his homework. He works weekends, he works night. People can question my judgment or his judgment, but they should never question the dedication and patriotism and the work ethic of Secretary Rumsfeld.

Secretary CONDOLEEZZA RICE (Secretary of State): There are demands on the table, and the Iranians need to accede to those demands.

Mr. SYMOUR HERSH (Journalist): As I wrote in the article, we sent teams of Americans undercover to begin they'll acquire what kind of information we need on the ground about the targets we may be bombing from the air. And so it is really escalating. That doesn't mean the President's decided to go to war, but it has put everything up a notch.

President GEORGE W. BUSH: I know, I know here in Washington, you know, prevention means force. It doesn't mean force, necessarily. In this case it means diplomacy. And by the way, I read the articles in the newspapers this weekend. It was just wild speculation.

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