Who Said It?

“We think it’s worth it.”

a) U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, after being asked Monday in Moscow whether suspending 213 years of American jurisprudence was an appropriate way to handle Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen jailed indefinitely without charges or trial for allegedly helping Al Qaeda.

b) Boeing CEO Phil Condit, asked whether it was worth retaining 70 different D.C. law firms to lobby Congress on China trade issues.

c) Steve and Tana Josephson of Bonney Lake, in news reports that they had named their new, very Caucasian son after Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki.

d) UW commencement speaker and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, after being asked in a 1996 interview whether economic sanctions against Iraq were worth half a million dead kids.

Answer: d. We’re waiting for c.

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