"There was some oversimplification of the issues... and even there was this lack of knowledge. But after awhile this has changed and everybody realized it's not really as simple as that, just getting rid of a leader of a country you don't like."
- Said Tayeb Jawad, Afghanistan's ambassador to America, speaking of the early Obama administration
"This is a ferociously difficult issue, and it bears a lot of thought and reflection and review."
- David Axelrod, senior Obama adviser, after today's "situation room" meeting on Afghanistan
"It's punishment for war photographers. They're saying if you want access, you have to play by our rules. And our rules are this — the public will NOT see dead U.S. soldiers."
- Lucy Dalglish, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, on the Pentagon's new press rules in Afghanistan.