Quotations of the day

“It’s a very delicate situation. I am concerned there could be a backlash. My personal goal is to save Bob from the death penalty.” — John Henry Browne, attorney for Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who says his client will plead guilty to massacring 16 Afghan villagers.

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“Syria is disintegrating before our eyes.” — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

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“This is a great chance to exit stage right rather than have a knockdown, drag-out re-election fight. The reality also set in that she is not a favorite of Republican leadership, so she is not going to be rising up to a committee chair or rising up in leadership.” — Ron Carey, a former chief of staff to Michele Bachmann, after the Minnesota congresswoman announced that she would not run for office in 2014.

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