Verbatim: Feb. 26, 2007

"If I was running al-Qaeda in Iraq, I would put a circle around March 2008 and pray, as many times as possible, for a victory not only for Obama but also for the Democrats." JOHN HOWARD, Australian Prime Minister and George W. Bush ally, on presidential hopeful Barack Obama--a staunch Iraq-war critic who said he would remove troops by March 2008

"So if he is ginned up to fight the good fight in Iraq, I would suggest that he calls up another 20,000 Australians and sends them to Iraq." BARACK OBAMA, in response

"One cold war was quite enough." ROBERT GATES,...

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