[Marxism] Trent Lott interview (hilarious)

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Jun 20 07:46:49 MDT 2004

NY Times Magazine, June 20, 2004
All's Fair

Q: Senator Lott, many people associate you not only with conservative 
politics but also with your curious hair. It never moves, even in the 
wind. Is it real?

A: No. 1, it is not a toupee. No. 2, it is generally straight and not 
inclined to run all over the place.

Q: I assume you spray it to get that prom look.

A: It's just a hair spray you buy at the drugstore. I am a neat guy. 
What is amazing to me is that people are fixated on my hair when you 
look at all the bad hairdos in the U.S. Senate.

Q: As a senior member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, 
what do you think of the C.I.A.?

A: I went on the intelligence committee thinking that I would be a 
defender of the C.I.A. But within relatively short order, I became very 
critical. The running joke is that if you get on Intelligence, you have 
no intelligence.

Q: What can be done to make the C.I.A. more effective?

A: One problem is that we don't have sufficient linguists in the C.I.A . 
You've got to have people who at least speak the language. There is no 
substitute for a pair of eyes in Mosul.

Q: What languages do you speak?

A: I speak English with a Southern accent.

Q: Speaking of Mosul, how do you think the war in Iraq is going?

A: There are terrorists in Iraq who have been drawn into that part of 
the world. Every day we eliminate some of them; that's one more that 
won't be coming here.

Q: What do you mean by eliminate them? Where are the terrorists and 
insurgents going to go?

A: Well, they are going to be killed. When they attack our troops, 20 or 
30 or 40 at a time are being eliminated.

Q: We can't kill everyone who hates America!

A:  We can kill a lot of them, particularly when they try to kill us.

Q: And you think that will lead to democracy in Iraq?

A: It's kind of like the song about New York. If it can succeed in Iraq, 
it can succeed anywhere.

Q: You recently created a stir when you defended the interrogation 
techniques at Abu Ghraib.

A: Most of the people in Mississippi came up to me and said: ''Thank 
Goodness. America comes first.'' Interrogation is not a Sunday-school 
class. You don't get information that will save American lives by 
withholding pancakes.

Q: But unleashing killer dogs on naked Iraqis is not the same as 
withholding pancakes.

A: I was amazed that people reacted like that. Did the dogs bite them? 
Did the dogs assault them? How are you going to get people to give 
information that will lead to the saving of lives?

Q: Looking back on your career, did you find it painful to resign as 
Senate majority leader last year after you made a pro-segregation, 
pro-Strom Thurmond comment?

A: I don't focus on that. I made a mistake and did what I had to do. I 
never really had a problem in that area, and always try to be helpful to 
the minorities in my state.

Q: You worked closely with President Reagan. Do you think his funeral 
has been overblown?

A: I think Ronald Reagan was the best president of the last century.

Q: Some members of Congress would like to see Alexander Hamilton pushed 
off the $10 bill and Reagan's face installed in his place.

A: I am an advocate of having a gold dollar with Reagan's picture on it, 
and calling it the Ronnie. The Canadians have the Loonie, and we can 
have the Ronnie.

Q: By the way, happy Father's Day. What do you think it takes to be a 
good father?

A: Time. And love.

Q: How do you feel about gay men adopting and raising children?

A: It's so important that children have parents or family that love 
them. There are a lot of adopted children who have loving parents, and 
it comes in different ways with different people in different states.

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