"The problem with the drone is it's like your lawn mower. You've got to mow the lawn all the time. The minute you stop mowing, the grass is going to grow back."  

—former CIA analyst and counterterrorism adviser Bruce Riedel on the Obama administration's targeted killing program, The Washington Post, October 23

"What I really mean is that I don't want something that's, like, small. I just want something big—something very big, very very very very big—that will shake the whole country, that will…make one step ahead for the Muslims…that will make us one step closer to run the whole world."  

—Quazi Mohammad Nafis, a 21-year-old arrested for allegedly parking a van full of what he believed were explosives outside the
New York Federal Reserve, Talking Points Memo,
October 17

"I've had a foot in my mouth plenty of times, but it's always been my own!"  

—Obama senior adviser David Axelrod on scandal-plagued former Clinton adviser Dick Morris, BuzzFeed, November 5