January 5, 2010

Quotes of the Day

"This was not a failure to collect intelligence. It was a failure to integrate and understand the intelligence that we already had... It is increasingly clear that intelligence was not fully analyzed or fully leveraged. That's not acceptable, and I will not tolerate it."

- President Obama, avoiding airport security lapses and the failure to collect the right intelligence in Afghanistan

"The success of our efforts stands out in sharp contrast to what the coalition forces in neighboring Afghanistan have been able to achieve over the past nine years."

- Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Gilani - mocking the West's lack of understanding in the region

"The situation in Yemen is different and cannot be compared to Afghanistan and Pakistan. There is international concern over al-Qaida in Yemen, and Yemen is able to deal with these group. But it is in need of help in training and preparing its counterterrorism forces, as well as economic aid because at the heart, the problem is economic."

- Yemen Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Qirb, pushing back against Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

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