"We bombed Hiroshima. We bombed Nagasaki. And we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon and we never batted an eye... America's chickens are coming home to roost!"
Obama mentor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright
"And what of America's lack of introspection about September 11? Instead of asking what might have caused the attack, or questioning the propriety of the national response to it, there is an ugly mood of chauvinism. Before Americans call on others to examine themselves, we should examine ourselves."
Chas Freeman - recently appointed by Barack Obama to chair the National Intelligence Council
"Now, the one thing that I think is very important is for us to have some humility in how we approach the issue of confronting evil, because a lot of evil has been perpetrated [by us] based on the claim that we were trying to confront evil."
Barack Obama at the Saddleback forum - August 2008
"Such a failure of empathy [on the part of Al Qaeda and the 9/11 attackers]... is not... unique to a particular culture, religion, or ethnicity. Most often,... it grows out of a climate of poverty and ignorance, helplessness and despair... We will have to devote far more attention to the monumental task of raising the hopes and prospects of embittered children across the globe...."
Barack Obama, shortly after 9/11