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Richard Lugar

Sen. Richard Lugar (R) of Indiana, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was Tuesday's guest. Here are excerpts from his remarks:

On President Bush's performance in foreign policy:

"He is back on top of his game at this point.... I think his batting average has been a very good one."

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On progress in the war in Iraq:

"We have all come to the conclusion that things have not gone well in Iraq, by and large, and so we have to improve day by day."

On the work of the Iraqi governing council:

"Conspicuously the 25 [council members] are not doing their job.... On the constitution thing we are really, it seems to me, stymied."

On a U.N. agency report that Iran had a secret nuclear program:

"The thoroughness, the completeness of the activity is astonishing.... It will increase, quite correctly, the pressure on Iran to provide for international inspection and clearly attempt to thwart the movement toward weaponization."

On President Bush's call in a speech last week to expand democracy worldwide:

"A full-court press for democracy across the board would imply something at least akin maybe to the program the president has suggested for HIV-AIDS.... On the democracy side there is not an effort thus far to flesh out a program."


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