"We were going to do what we were going to do, regardless."
a) Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., explaining that all the explicit warnings of deadly terrorist attacks before Sept. 11 wouldn't have made a bit of difference in what the government did.
b) An anonymous fan who had lined up at the Cinerama three days before the first showing of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, after discovering that the movie wasn't very good.
c) A spokesperson for timber giant Weyerhaeuser, explaining why the company clear-cut a disputed old-growth tract in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest before an administrative law judge OK'd the harvest.
d) Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, describing his contempt for the law—in this case, the soon-to-be-discarded anti-ballistic missile treaty—and his intent to develop new weapons of mass destruction whether they are illegal or not.