• “We will not be deterred by terrorists. We will not let them stop our (evacuation) mission. … America will not be intimidated.”—President Joe Biden.
  • “You shouldn’t lose a bidding war on your home to speculators. It’s time for things to change.”—Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has promised to introduce a two-year ban on foreign home buyers to address housing affordability. The Canadian housing market has soared during the pandemic.
  • “What is going on now is both entirely predictable, but entirely preventable.”—Dr. Anthony Fauci.
  • “For ISIS, social media was a recruitment tool. For the Taliban, social media is primarily about winning over their domestic audience—and not alienating their international one. …The Taliban will continue to target one particular audience: global elites. They attend conferences, visit capitals, publish op-eds and hold news conferences.”—Richard Stengel, former Time magazine editor, who served as President Barack Obama’s under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs.
  • “Let me be crystal clear about this: There is no deadline on our work to help any remaining American citizens who decide they want to leave, to do so. That effort will continue … past Aug. 31.”—Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken.
  • “Twenty years was not enough to complete a journey from the seventh-century rule of the Taliban and a 30-year civil war to a stable government. We—and they—needed more time.”—Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
  • “History offers vanishingly few examples of wars that were actually worth a damn, and this is particularly true of nearly every U.S. military intervention since 1945.”—Natalie Shure, New Republic.
  • “If there’s a graceful, orderly way to abandon involvement in a brutal, unresolved civil war on the other side of the world, please cite historical precedents. I can’t find them.”—Eugene Robinson, Washington Post.
  • “We hope Afghanistan does not become an epicenter for terrorism again. …What matters is how the U.S. repositions itself in the Asia Pacific, engages the broader region and continues the fight against terrorism.”—Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
  • “It is far easier to capture territory as an insurgency than it is to govern it.”—Ashley Jackson, author of “Negotiating Survival: Civilian-Insurgent Relations in Afghanistan.”
  • “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.”—Voltaire.
  • “It is our time to unleash the power of New York’s women. And make sure that any barriers to success and opportunity are eradicated, once and for all.”—Kathleen C. Hochul, the first woman to become governor of New York.
  • “The demographics have clearly changed against us. We need to be working on voter registration to pull people into the Republican Party.”—Art Wood, chairman of the Hillsborough County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day fundraiser.

“I was actually quite shocked at how close the Red Tide is. It’s actually sitting right off of our coast right now.”—Pinellas County Public Works Director Kelli Hammer.     

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