Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Richard Lugar (R) of Indiana, was Wednesday's guest. Here are excerpts from his remarks:
"Somebody waiting for perfection in all this - or even for stability - is going to wait a long time, because the opponents are going to keep shooting it up throughout this period, attempting to ... knock the train off the tracks."
"At the end of the day, probably the organizational structure is improved. I say 'probably,' because the bill is extremely complex. We will all be in a period of discovery ... as to what is [in] there."
"I think in both situations we have some very difficult diplomacy ahead of us in which you try to contain the situation."
"[In] rebuilding the alliance, we are probably going to need to find items on the agenda in which we have common aims.... I think the democracy movement in the Middle East is one of them."
"In our Foreign Relations Committee ... it is possible to gain substantial consensus. I would not characterize our situation as an oasis in a desert of acrimony - but why not?"