"Somehow it seeped in to [US voters'] conscious[ness] that my attitude [to the war in Iraq] was just simply stay the course. Stay the course means let's get the job done… I truly believe the only way we won't win is if we leave before the job is done." — Emperor George Bush II, November 8.
"I don't think any of us should get hung up on trying to excessively interpret what the [US] president may mean." — Australian defence minister Brendan Nelson, November 9.
The un-excessive interpretation
"The strategy [of the US in Iraq] is not going to change." — Prime Menzies John Howard, November 9.