"Even if we entered with them [the opposition] now into an understanding, the situation will be worse than it is now. We will cling to constitutional legitimacy and we will preserve the security, independence and safety of the Yemeni republic with all means possible."
“I think things are obviously, or evidently, very unsettled in Yemen... We’ve had a good working relationship with President Saleh. He’s been an important ally in the counter-terrorism arena."
“The general assumption is that his days are numbered. But he seems determined to decide the number himself... “We want to express support for a transition and concern about our security issues. But we don’t want to take sides.”
- anonymous U.S. official, taking a side