Chuck Hagel

(Charles Timothy Hagel)

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Climate change is a global problem. Its impacts do not respect national borders. No nation can deal with it alone. We must all work together, building joint capability to deal with these emerging threats. . Environment & Environmentalism
Great powers engage. Discrimination & Prejudice ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I certainly believe that we got into the Iraq War on an edifice of distortions. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I don’t think that we have ever had a coherent strategy on Iraq. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I took an oath of office to the Constitution, I didn't take an oath of office to my party or my president. Loyalty & Loyalty Oaths
No one individual vote, no one individual quote, no one individual statement defines me, my beliefs or my record. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Politics is about accountability, it is about leadership, it is about courage. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Politics or ideology must not get in the way of sound planning.. Defense & National Security
The coin of the realm of leadership is trust and confidence. Leaders & Leadership
The Iraq War has been the most dangerous and costly foreign policy debacle in our nation’s history. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The world wants America to lead. It does not want America to impose or dictate. Leaders & Leadership ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
This is not a strategy. It’s a ping pong game with American lives. War & Peace
We are perceived as a nation at war with Muslims. This debilitating and dangerous perception must be reversed. Terrorism
We can’t always pick and choose which conflicts were going to get into. War & Peace ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We have misunderstood, misread, misplanned and mismanaged our honorable intentions in Iraq with an arrogant self-delusion reminiscent of Vietnam. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
We’ve got to have some certainty here. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Alliances and international organizations should be understood as opportunities for leadership and a means to expand our influence, not as constraints on our power. Power ;Leaders & Leadership
Bogging down large armies in historically complex, dangerous areas ends in disaster.
Engagement is not appeasement. Engagement is not surrender.
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.
Foreign policy will require a strategic agility that, whenever possible, gets ahead of problems, strengthens U.S. security and alliances, and promotes American interests and credibility.
I am fully supportive of 'open service' and committed to LGBT military families.
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. War & Peace
I have said many times that Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism.
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.
I'm a supporter of Israel, always have been.
I'm not saying my idea is the one and only idea. We should have other ideas, but the president has not laid down a specific plan as to how he's going to get us to solvency. I do that.
Imposing democracy through force is a roll of the dice.
Institutions are imperfect. Governments surely are. People are.
It is easy to get into war, not so easy to get out. War & Peace
My overall worldview has never changed: that America has and must maintain the strongest military in the world, that we must lead the international community to confront threats and challenges together, and that we must use all tools of American power to protect our citizens and our interests. Power
Nations, great nations have limitations. All nations have limitations. Even great powers have limitations.
No border that touches Israel is always secure.
No one individual vote, no one individual quote or no one individual statement defines me, my beliefs, or my record.
Our alliances should be understood as a means to expand our influence, not as a constraint on our power. The expansion of democracy and freedom in the world should be a shared interest and value with all nations. Power ;Freedom & Liberty
Our foreign policy needs to support our energy, economic, defense and domestic policies. It all falls within the arch of national interest. There will be windows of opportunity, but they will open and close quickly.
Peace comes through dealing with people. Peace doesn't come at the end of a bayonet or the end of a gun. War & Peace
People are not trying to get into China, they're trying to get out of China. The United States is the only great country where people are trying to get into to this country for obvious reasons.
The Israeli people must be free to live in peace and security. War & Peace
The United Nations has a critical role to play in promoting stability, security, democracy, human rights, and economic development. The UN is as relevant today as at any time in its history, but it needs reform. Time ;History
The United States can't impose democracies. We can't impose our will. The Russians found that out in Afghanistan.
Too often in Washington we tend to see foreign policy as an abstraction, with little understanding of what we are committing our country to: the complications and consequences of endeavors.
We live in a world where there are dangerous people, there are bad people.
Well, let's go back to the original intent of Social Security. It is an insurance contract.
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.
Well, no American wants to in any way hurt our capabilities to national defense, but that doesn't mean an unlimited amount of money, and a blank check for anything they want at any time, for any purpose. Not at all. Time ;Money, Coins & Minting
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. Power
When you're dealing in situations that are uncontrollable and combustible, you try to stabilize the situation as quickly as you can and then work toward and work out toward democratic reform. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
You can't just drop the 82nd Airborne into Baghdad and it will all be over.