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‘I think it was one of the dumbest and most inappropriate things I’ve seen … I havemade unambiguously clear, in Anglo-Saxon prose, that it is not to ever happen again.’
MICHAEL CHERTOFF, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary, blasting FEMA employees for staging a fake news conference about assisting the victims of the California wildfires

‘A friend of a friend of mine is a member of al-Qaeda involved in a bombing in Bali.’
KUNIO HATOYAMA, Japanese Justice Minister, who said the alleged terrorist had repeatedly entered Japan using “different passports and mustaches” in remarks defending a controversial proposal to fingerprint foreign visitors. He later clarified his statement, saying he did not know the man personally

‘If I had to say something about Ccilia, I would not do so here.’
NICOLAS SARKOZY, President of France, before storming off CBS’s 60 Minutes set late last month when asked about his divorce, which had not been announced at the time of the interview

‘To bomb first and then ask questions later, I think it undermines the system.’
MOHAMED ELBARADEI, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, criticizing Israel for September’s pre-emptive attack on a rumored Syrian nuclear site

‘My adopted daughter now has a wife. I’m quite disappointed.’
HUN SEN, Cambodian Prime Minister, announcing in a speech that, while he encouraged people not to discriminate against gays, he was severing ties with his lesbian daughter

‘You can run around like mad people wielding razor blades. But it is not the best way to resolve the problem.’
VLADIMIR PUTIN, President of Russia, speaking out against U.S. sanctions on Iran over the country’s nuclear program

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