Verbatim: Dec. 18, 2006

"I thought we would succeed quicker than we did, and I am disappointed by the pace of success." PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH, at a press conference with chief Iraq-war ally British Prime Minister Tony Blair, answering a question about whether he would acknowledge his failures and change course

"Another defeat for the North American empire. Another defeat for the devil." HUGO CHAVEZ, Venezuelan President, on the significance of his re-election last week. Chávez said it's clear that the U.S. does not want to take meaningful steps toward détente with his country

"I have bad news for you. Those trips you had...

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