Verbatim: Jun. 14, 2004

"The hope is that this government will prove its worthiness and integrity and its firm readiness to perform the mammoth tasks it is burdened with." GRAND AYATULLAH ALI HUSAINI SISTANI, spiritual leader of Iraq's Shi'ite Muslims, in a restrained endorsement of the newly appointed Iraqi interim government

"My meetings with him were very brief." PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH, on his relations with Ahmad Chalabi, the Iraqi political figure and former Administration favorite, now being investigated for allegedly leaking U.S. intelligence to Iran

"In the past few weeks, other deplorable events have come to light which have troubled the civic and religious...