"I'm not defending it at all. I'm just saying that these kinds of things, in many respects, are inherent in a war. It's what makes war so ugly... General McChrystal is doing everything humanly possible to avoid civilian casualties. There will be lessons learnt and they will be applied in the future."- Defense Secretary Robert Gates, politically covering his man General McChrystal
"My vision is of an Israel that is a world technological superpower, anchored in values, reaching peace from strength. To this end, we are working to jump-start the economy, to augment our security and to strengthen Israel through inculcating basic national values. I see all this as part of an economic, educational and cultural revolution that is just beginning.
- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in the opening of his Haaretz interview