"If individual countries want to pursue aggressive and adventurous policies, the natural answer ... would be that Syria, which has been fighting against terrorism for almost three years, will also defend itself against any international attack." — Deputy Foreign Minister Faysal Mikdad in an interview as President Bashar Assad's government vowed to defend itself against any international attack, warning that such an intervention would ignite turmoil across the region.
"The indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity. By any standard, it is inexcusable and — despite the excuses and equivocations that some have manufactured — it is undeniable." — Secretary of State John Kerry saying there was evidence of a large-scale chemical weapons attack in Syria, with intelligence strongly signaling that Bashar Assad's regime was responsible.
"It's been a real tiger. He's been going around trying to bite its own tail, and it won't let go but we'll get there." — Lee Bentley, fire spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service in comments as crews were finally gaining ground on a massive wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park.