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"Political, not military" solutions needed in Mideast: US (Hagel)
AFP ^ | 10 May 2013 | AFP/ac

Posted on 05/09/2013 7:24:48 PM PDT by haffast

WASHINGTON: The problems that plague the Middle East, including Iran's nuclear ambitions and Syria's civil war, require "political, not military" solutions, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.

Saying the "old order" was vanishing in the region, Hagel stressed in a speech that the United States would work to promote democratic reform while bearing in mind the "limitations" of American power.

Although the Pentagon chief made clear that Washington had not ruled out potential military action against Iran or Syria, his remarks highlighted President Barack Obama's cautious stance on resorting to armed force in the volatile region.

He said that "regional challenges" including "the nuclear challenge posed by Iran, dangerous instability in Syria, or the continuing threat of al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups" must be addressed through "coalitions of common interests," including Israel and other allies in the region.

"A common thread woven into the Middle East fabric is that the most enduring and effective solutions to the challenges facing the region are political, not military," Hagel told an audience at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

"America's role in the Middle East is to continue to help influence and shape the course of events -- using diplomatic, economic, humanitarian, intelligence, and security tools in coordination with our allies," he said.


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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Israel; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: antisemitism; caliphate; chuckhagel; egypt; fatah; hamas; iran; israel; jihad; jordan; peaceandsecurity; peaceprocess; rop; russia; syria; waronterror
The "old order" is passing away. "Coalitions of common interests" (NWO) forming.

Withold butter, or give butter diplomacy, bullets as a last resort. A kinder, gentler, Secretary of Defense.

A country has gotta know its "limitations".

1 posted on 05/09/2013 7:24:48 PM PDT by haffast
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To: haffast

The Caliphate would be a political solution. Is that what the US is seeking? Sure seems like it.

2 posted on 05/09/2013 7:26:00 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: haffast

Is he still blabbing.

He was sworn in, what, two months ago?

He hasn’t figured out what a bloody mess his boss and predecessors have made?

Bugs bunny had a name for suckers like him.

3 posted on 05/09/2013 7:30:19 PM PDT by stanne
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To: ClearCase_guy

Why not a military solution? Crush the Islamic people, killing 2/3 of their number and that would end the radical Islamic thing.

4 posted on 05/09/2013 7:32:18 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: haffast
Obama is a wimp.

America was once known as a peaceful nation carrying a big stick.

5 posted on 05/09/2013 7:32:31 PM PDT by OldNavyVet
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Yes, it’s called the 2014 and 2016 US elections.

Thanks haffast.

6 posted on 05/09/2013 7:33:44 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: OldNavyVet

Well, BO got his sorry self close enough to cheat hisself in, didn’t he?

7 posted on 05/09/2013 7:34:59 PM PDT by stanne
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To: haffast
Okay, let me see if I have this straight - we have a Marxist Muslim occupying the WH, a notorious traitor holding down the fort in Faggy Bottom, and a dickless Quisling in the Pentagon.

What could possibly go wrong?

"Riamh nár dhruid ó sbairn lann!"

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

8 posted on 05/09/2013 7:35:16 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: haffast
Hagel hates Israel, that is why he was chosen by Obama. I am beginning to wonder if Satan's plan was to weaken the US militarily so much, and to lose political will to such a degree, that when Israel is attacked there will be no one to come to her aid.
9 posted on 05/09/2013 7:37:26 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

Or to save her from ‘helpful friends’.

10 posted on 05/09/2013 7:38:40 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: ConorMacNessa; All

Very well-stated, Conor. BTTT!

11 posted on 05/09/2013 7:39:14 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: haffast

Cold Turkey. Old Fish.

12 posted on 05/09/2013 7:46:11 PM PDT by RedHeeler
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To: haffast

The basic thing that the civilized world should have known about Islam is, contain the infection first, stop it’s spreading, then deal with the contaminated areas with politics and military.

The worst thing was to import it and incorporate it into our culture and education system and put it on a pedestal.

13 posted on 05/09/2013 7:53:38 PM PDT by ansel12 (Sodom and Gomorrah, flush with libertarians and liberals, short on social conservatives.)
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To: haffast
Another Les Aspin, who has no idea what is going on around him. Better men than he have been pursuing "political solutions" for a generation without success even when we were far stronger than now. What a dangerous fool
14 posted on 05/09/2013 8:07:50 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Forward the Light Brigade
Yup. I think we oughta line up every strategic bomber we have, wingtip to wingtip, and start carpet bombing. Re-enact the invasion of Europe using Israel as England. Level the whole friggin' region, then send in the armor and infantry, to shoot anything that crawls out of the rubble. Continue until the goat humpers beg us to stop killing them. Go Roman on their a**es and see how long it takes to end the Caliphate once and for all.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

15 posted on 05/09/2013 8:49:52 PM PDT by wku man (Amnesty? No Way, Jose (No Se Puede!) by 10 Pound Test
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To: stanne

How about some truth for a change??

16 posted on 05/09/2013 9:44:59 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
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I presume self defence qualifies as a military solution.

17 posted on 05/10/2013 5:19:58 AM PDT by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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To: SJackson
"Political, not military" solutions needed in Mideast: US (Hagel)

Nuke Mecca, Medina and Qom. Problem solved.

Imho of course.


18 posted on 05/10/2013 5:31:51 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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