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Chuck Hagel quotes
We are doing what we can do through our airstrikes to help drive back ISIL. In fact, there has been some progress made in that area. But it is a very difficult problem. And I would once again re-state, which I have said and which President Obama has said, the effort to degrade and eventually destroy ISIL is a long-term effort.
This will not be an easy or a brief effort. It is complicated. We are at war with ISIL as we are with al-Qaida. But destroying ISIL will require more than military efforts alone. It will require political progress in the region and effective partners on the ground in Iraq and Syria.
I recommended to the president, and the president has authorised me to go ahead and send about 130 new assessment team members up to northern Iraq, in the Irbil area.
This is not any extension of any role – for the United States – other than to find ways to assist and help advise the Iraqi security forces which we have been doing.
America does not leave its soldiers behind. We made the right decision, and we did it for the right reasons – to bring home one of our own people.
War is a dirty business. And we don't like to deal with those realities, but realities they are.
It was disturbing. It showed deterioration in his physical appearance and mental state compared to previous videos.
When we have these kinds of tragedies on our bases.
The United States is concerned that the Syrian government is behind in delivering these chemical weapons and precursor materials on time and with the schedule that was agreed to.
Looking inward is just as deadly a trap as hubris, and we must avoid both in pursuing a successful foreign policy in the 21st century.
We must remain the world's only global leader.
No other nation has the will, the power, the capacity and the network of alliances to lead the international community. However, sustaining our leadership will increasingly depend not only on the extent of our great power, but an appreciation of its limits and a wise deployment of our influence.
We must work through coalitions of common interest like NATO.
Our success ultimately depends not on any one instrument of power. It depends on all of them. And it depends not only on how well we maintain and fund all of our instruments of power – but how well they are balanced and integrated with each other.
The United States has expressed our concern about the growing threat of cyber intrusions, some of which appear to be tied to the Chinese government and military. As the world's two largest economies, the US and China have many areas of common interest and concern, and the establishment of a cyber working group is a positive step in fostering US-China dialogue on cyber.
These are options that must be considered with partners, with the international community, what is possible, what can help accomplish these objectives.
As they have ratcheted up their dangerous rhetoric and some of the actions they have taken over the last few weeks present a real and clear danger.
America has the best fighting force in the world, capable of responding to any challenge.