|Andrea Mitchell: "It is an iconic picture: American hostages, hands
bound and blindfolded, being paraded outside the U.S. embassy in Tehran
by their captors. But has one of those student radicals now become
Iran’s newly elected President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?..."
Brian Williams: "Andrea, what would it all matter if proven true?
Someone brought up today the first several U.S. Presidents were
certainly revolutionaries and might have been called terrorists at the
time by the British Crown, after all."
— NBC Nightly News, June 30.
And the winner is...
Actress Jane Fonda: "From an historical point of view, they [the
Vietnamese] were defending their country. If we had been invaded and an
invading force came into this country and divided us in half at the
Mississippi River and accused anyone from the west of the Mississippi
River who crossed over to east side, either to fight against the
invaders or to see their family, the enemy, you know, we would
understand why people were fighting and why people from both sides of
the Mississippi would be trying to get rid of the invaders, you know.
But horrible things happened, horrible things happened in the process of
us, of them fighting us because we were there and we shouldn’t have been
there [Vietnam]. So, you know, from that point of view, no, they weren’t
good guys. They did bad things, just like we did. But we should never
have been there."
Host Chris Matthews: "But there were a lot of people, Jane, who
are very, a lot of people who are very gung-ho American, very patriotic,
thought that war was a mistake at the time and later. But they can’t
imagine slipping out of their American skin, their American soul and
becoming so objective, as you just were a minute ago, to put yourself
above both us and the Vietnamese and saying, ‘I find the Vietnamese were
objectively the good guys.’ How do you step out of being an American to
make such an objective judgment?"
— Exchange on MSNBC’s Hardball on April 15. Fonda was
promoting her new book, My Life So Far.