Quotations of the day

By The Associated Press | August 28, 2013 | 3:35 AM EDT

"We have the means to defend ourselves and we will surprise everyone." — Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem in a statement as momentum appeared to build for Western military action against Syria for an alleged chemical attack on civilians outside Damascus on Aug. 21.


"Allowing the use of chemical weapons on a significant scale to take place without a response would present a significant challenge to, threat to the United States' national security." — White House spokesman Jay Carney as the Obama administration tried to bolster its case for possible military action against Syria within days, with intelligence agencies preparing to release intercepted communications aimed at proving Bashar Assad perpetrated a large-scale chemical weapons attack on civilians.


"Public safety is the priority, and we'll take care of it." — Gov. Jerry Brown responding to a federal court order to significantly reduce California's prison population by proposing a $315 million plan to send thousands of inmates to private prisons and vacant county jail cells, hoping to avoid what he said would be a mass release of dangerous felons.