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US Defense Chief Highlights Diplomacy Push

U.S. Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, speaks during the Munich Security Conference at the Bayerischer Hof Hotel in Munich, southern Germany, Feb. 1, 2014.
U.S. Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, speaks during the Munich Security Conference at the Bayerischer Hof Hotel in Munich, southern Germany, Feb. 1, 2014.
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U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is reiterating the Obama administration's plan to shift its foreign policy focus from military action to diplomacy.

Hagel spoke Saturday at the Munich Security Conference, an annual meeting of world leaders in Germany. His comments come as the U.S. marks the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan - having withdrawn all troops from Iraq in 2011 and preparing to end its combat mission in Afghanistan this year.

"With the United States moving off a 13-year war footing, it's clear to us, it's very clear to President Obama, that our future requires a new and enhanced era of friendship with our friends and allies, especially here in Europe," said Hagel.

In his annual State of the Union address Tuesday, President Barack Obama said he would not send U.S. troops to fight unless it is "truly necessary."

Obama has already avoided getting the country involved in new ground-level military action in conflict areas such as Syria and Libya.

But Hagel pointed out the U.S. was still assisting nations in need, highlighting current counterterrorism and humanitarian cooperation with European partners in Mali and the Central African Republic.

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by: Mark Stevenson from: Arizona
February 02, 2014 4:09 PM

It is highly expected now of President Obama to bring an end to US Militarism in the World that has enormously hurt US image abroad no matter how much louder US beats the drums of fighting terrorism.
World can not overlook the enormous toll on innocent lives the bombings in villages has acrued.
These military actions have created more enemies for US than friends placing more at risk the general US public in the
People have become aware of the fact that these malignant,unjust wars were fabricated and lodged by selfish
US politicians,mainly GOP Republicans and ex pres J Bush who wanted to make hundreds of millions and billions via assignments of defence contracts.
It is time to contront these unholy politicians, put a stop to the damage being done and repair the US Public Image abroad.
MarkS. Feb 2, 2014.

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