From President Obama's second inaugural address:
"We, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war."
Secretary of State nominee John Kerry before Senate confirmation hearing this week:
“The president has made it definitive -- we will do what we must to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. And I repeat here today: our policy is not containment. It is prevention, and the clock is ticking on our efforts to secure responsible compliance.”
Outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in testimony before Congress on Wednesday:
“Let me underscore the importance of the United States continuing to lead in the Middle East, North Africa and around the world. When America is absent, especially from unstable environments, there are consequences. Extremism takes root, our interests suffer and our security at home is threatened.”
Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel, in a statement issued by his office this week:
"[Sen. Hagel] discussed his commitment to the US-Israel relationship, including his determination to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, to maintaining Israel’s qualitative military edge, and to sustaining the Obama administration’s unprecedented security cooperation with Israel."
Appropriately, this week also marked the anniversary of the death of George Orwell.
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