Verbatim: Nov. 27, 2006

"The Iranian nation possesses the full nuclear fuel cycle, and time is completely running in our favor in terms of diplomacy."

MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD, President of Iran, explaining that he expects his country's uranium-enrichment program to be ready by March 2007

"Hope is not a strategy."

HILLARY CLINTON, Democratic New York Senator, to General John Abizaid, top commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, during Abizaid's testimony before the Senate and House Armed Services Committee

"Senator, I agree with you--and I would also say that despair is not a method."

GENERAL ABIZAID, in response

"I consider this his confession."


Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!