Inspirational Quotes from Elaine Sciolino

By | January 27, 2016

The first weekend after the attacks of September 11, George W. Bush had a meeting at Camp David with his top advisors, including Colin Powell, the secretary of state. And there was a lively debate about Iraq policy, in which some people from the Pentagon were arguing that the war against terrorism should include Saddam Hussein.

Elaine Sciolino

In 1981, Ms. Ebtekar was made editor-in-chief of the English-language newspaper ‘Kayhan International.’ The man who gave her the job was Mr. Khatami, who was then head of the Kayhan publishing house.

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I guess the biggest surprise I got going to Iran was that the Iranians really liked me as an American.

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We often forget that Iran has a long tradition and history with the United States. Iranians have been coming to the United States as students for decades. American businessmen were in Iran developing the oil fields. …There was an American financial advisor to the Iranian government in the early part of the century.

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The Bush administration actually started out with an open mind towards Iran, by all indications. In fact, early in the administration, the White House tasked the various agencies of government to do an inter-agency review of Iran policy, as it did with Iraq policy and most of the big areas of the world.

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Colin Powell has said over the years that Saddam Hussein is like a toothache. It recurs from time to time, and you just have to live with it. At other times, he’s compared Saddam Hussein to a kidney stone that will eventually pass. But he has never said, ‘You have to operate and take out the kidney stone.’

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Even before September 11, there was a debate in the administration about whether or not military force should be used to oust Saddam Hussein. You’re not going to find one person in the top echelons of the foreign policy and national security establishment in the U.S. government who’s going to say that Saddam Hussein should not be out of power.

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I don’t think Iraq could be transformed overnight into a democracy. How can you take a country that doesn’t have any kind of tradition of democracy, where its people have been brutalized and repressed for decades, and suddenly impose Jeffersonian ideals?

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Francois Hollande, the president of France, and Segolene Royal, a senior cabinet minister who once ran for that post herself, have an exceptionally complicated relationship. The two lived together for 25 years, raising four children over that time.

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The position of vice president does not exist in France; neither does a role comparable that of the first lady of the United States.

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When Pope Francis touched down on French soil for the first time in his papacy with a visit to the European Parliament in Strasbourg last November, Ms. Royal was the senior French official there to greet him.

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Historically, the French have had a romantic attachment to their bikes. Though the first functioning two-wheeler is thought to have been invented by a German in 1817, it was the French who popularized and marketed the device in the 1860s, giving it the name ‘bicycle.’

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Every day since the start of the Tour de France, the popular ‘Le Parisien’ newspaper has published a story about a book written with the bicycle in mind.

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The city of Paris is determined to promote the happiness-on-a-bike fantasy. Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo wants to turn the city into the most bike-friendly capital in the world.

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Paris will give bicyclists more rights when it installs 4,300 signs throughout the city, allowing them to barrel though red lights and turn right on red.

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Massoumeh Ebtekar is the highest-ranking woman in Iran’s government, a symbol of President Mohammed Khatami’s promise to promote women into high-profile positions.

Elaine Sciolino

In 1991, only two years into the Bush administration, Condoleezza Rice suddenly left her powerful job as the top Russia expert on the National Security Council and went back to California – to get a life.

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When the sommelier Enrico Bernardo moved to Paris from Italy nearly two decades ago, the world of French gastronomy brutally rejected him. No matter that he had won the competition for best sommelier in Italy; when he asked 30 restaurateurs for work in their wine cellars, all turned him down.

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France has become the second-largest consumer of pizza per person, per pound, in the world, behind the United States and ahead of Italy.

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The Italian Renaissance extends beyond food, of course. Just about every major Italian furniture designer now has a shop in Paris, and Le Bon Marche recently opened an outlet for Santa Maria Novella perfumes, elixirs and soaps from Florence on its ground floor.

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