"I can't describe it. It's a little too much. We're all overwhelmed. "
- BRUCE LAINGEN,one of 14 former hostages who reunited at West Point to mark the 30th anniversary of their release from captivity in Iran; 52 hostages in total were released on Jan. 20, 1981 after being held for 444 days
"The death sentence is a dead letter in the military."
- GARY SOLISa law professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., dismissing rumors of capital punishment for Army private Steven D. Green, the ringleader of the notorious murders of an Iraqi girl and her family
"Barack, you've got to be Abraham Lincoln tomorrow night. You've got to tell
the story beautifully, truthfully, honestly and bravely."
- SIMON SCHAMA,historian, in advance of President Obama's speech on Afghanistan at military academy West Point on Tuesday night
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