"This may be the largest IED threat and largest minefield that NATO has ever faced."
- Brig. Gen. Larry Nicholson, commander of Marines in southern Afghanistan, on Marjah
"They're trying to draw us in."
- Capt. Joshua Winfrey, 30, of Tulsa, Okla., commander of Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines.
"I think it's a big country. It has nuclear weapons that are able to be deployed. It has a real significant minority of radicalized population. It is not a completely functional democracy in the sense we think about it, and so that's my greatest concern."
- Vice President Joe Biden, raising fear of Pakistan during an interview with CNN