Voices in the News

A sound montage of voices from the past week's news, including: Lieutenant General David Richards, Commander Allied Rapid Reaction Corps; Professor Frank Mora, National War College; Lizette Molina; US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice; General John Abizaid, Commander, US Central Command; New York Senator Hillary Clinton; US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld; Ambassador John Bolton, US Representative to the United Nations; Jean Marc de la Sabliere, French Ambassador to the United Nations.

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LIANE HANSEN, host:

From NPR News, this is WEEKEND EDITION. I'm Liane Hansen. And these were some of the voices in the news this past week.

Unidentified Man: Oh, this is hotter than the islands, way hotter on than the islands. I'm accustomed to the heat, but this one here is ridiculous.

Lieutenant General DAVID RICHARDS (Commander Allied Rapid Reaction Corps): We are fully committed to Afghanistan and its future. We're determined to demonstrate to all Afghans that there is a viable alternative, that there is a choice. There is a brighter future available to them and their children. And we're determined to improve their sense of ownership of the process.

Professor FRANK MORA (National War College): As long as he is still alive, his policies will continue to. Don't expect any changes or initiatives over the next two or three weeks. That's unlikely to happen.

Ms. LIZETTE MOLINA: Honestly, I think he's dead and that they're hiding it from us to not get so much excitement in Cuba. You understand?

Ms. CONDOLEEZA RICE (U.S. Secretary of State): It has long been the hope of the United States that a free, independent, and democratic Cuba would be more than just a close neighbor; it would be a close friend. This is our goal now more than ever, and throughout this time of change, all of you must know that you have no greater friend than the United States of America.

General JOHN ABIZAID (Commander, U.S. Central Command): I believe that the sectarian violence is probably as bad as I've seen it, in Baghdad in particular, and that if not stopped, it is possible that Iraq could move toward civil war.

Senator HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON (Democrat, New York): We hear a lot of happy talk and rosy scenarios, but because of the administration's strategic blunders and, frankly, the record of incompetence in executing, you are presiding over a failed policy. Given your track record, Secretary Rumsfeld, why should we believe your assurances now?

Mr. DONALD RUMSFELD (U.S. Secretary of Defense): My goodness. Are there setbacks? Yes. Are there things that people can't anticipate? Yes. Does the enemy have a brain and continue to make adjustments on the ground, requiring our forces to continue to make adjustments? You bet. The Cold War lasted 40-plus years. And the struggle against violent extremists who are determined to prevent free people from exercising their rights as free people is going to go on a long time and it's going to be a tough one.

Mr. JOHN BOLTON (U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.): It does call for a full cessation of hostilities building on, in particular, two aspects: one, that the Hezbollah stops all attacks; and second, that Israel stops offensive military operations.

Mr. JEAN MARC DE LA SABLIERE (French Ambassador to the U.N.): When the text will be adopted? I hope very soon. There will be a campaign, diplomatic campaign, to help the parties, you know, to help the parties. Because they have to support and to agree in principle on these elements.

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