Chuck Hagel Quotes

Charles Timothy "Chuck" Hagel (/?t??k ?he???l/ CHUK HAY-g?l; born October 4, 1946) is an American politician who served as a United States Senator from Nebraska from 1997 to 2009 and as the 24th United States Secretary of Defense from 2013 to 2015 in the Obama administration.

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Well, Mr Obama inherited probably the biggest inventory of problems, certainly foreign policy problems, than any American president ever has. I think the entire inventory of problems that he inherited is probably as big overall as any president, certainly since Franklin Roosevelt and maybe, in some cases, worse.

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Foreign policy is all about a universe of bad decisions, imperfect decisions; every situation is different. The dynamics, the atmospherics, the people, the pressures, the geopolitical realities shift.

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We live in a world where there are dangerous people, there are bad people.

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Peace comes through dealing with people. Peace doesn't come at the end of a bayonet or the end of a gun.

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You can't just drop the 82nd Airborne into Baghdad and it will all be over.

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The recent wave of Taliban attacks has made clear that the international community must not waiver in its support for a stable, secure and prosperous Afghanistan.

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When I came to the Senate in 1997, the world was being redefined by forces no single country controlled or understood. The implosion of the Soviet Union and a historic diffusion of economic and geopolitical power created new influences and established new global power centers - and new threats.

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If America is to succeed in responding to these 21st Century challenges, our political system cannot continue to bog down in the mire of partisan gamesmanship.

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The Israeli people must be free to live in peace and security.

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I have said many times that Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism.

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Engagement is not appeasement. Engagement is not surrender.

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No border that touches Israel is always secure.

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I have never believed you go to war in Iraq, you go to war in Afghanistan, and believe that you can deal with those battlefields, those countries, in microcosms, or narrow channels.

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I would not trade America's position in the world - our ledger, our debts and assets - for any country in the world. There isn't a country in the world even close to America.

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I am fully supportive of 'open service' and committed to LGBT military families.

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