News / USA

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.
VOA News
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 His comments come as the U.S. marks the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan - having withdrawn all troops from Iraq in 2011 and preparing to end its combat mission in Afghanistan this year.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.

You May Like

China Announces Corruption Probe into Senior Ex-Leader

Former security chief and member of Politburo Standing Committee, Zhou Yongkang, being probed for suspected 'serious disciplinary violation' More

India, US Look to Reset Ties During Kerry Visit

This week's talks will be first high level interaction between two countries since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took charge More

Video Young African Leadership Program Renamed to Honor Mandela

YALI program, launched by President Obama in 2010, aims to build skills in business, entrepreneurship, public management and civic leadership More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
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
world.
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.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spati
X
Reasey Poch
July 28, 2014 7:18 PM
China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spat

China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video ESA Spacecraft to Land on a Comet

After a long flight through deep space, a European Space Agency probe is finally approaching its target -- a comet millions of kilometers away from earth. Scientists say the mission may lead to some startling discoveries about the origins of the water on earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Young Africans Arrive in US for Leadership Program

President Barack Obama's Young African Leadership Initiative has brought hundreds of young Africans to the United States for a six-week program aimed at building their knowledge and skills in fields such as public administration and business. Out of the 50,000 young Africans who applied for the program, just one percent was accepted. VOA's Laurel Bowman caught up with some of those who made the cut and has this report.
Video

Video In Honduras, Amnesty Rumors Fuel US Migration Surges

False rumors in Central America are fueling the current surge of undocumented young people being apprehended at the U.S. border. The inaccurate claims suggest the U.S. will give amnesty to young migrants from the region. As VOA's Brian Padden reports from Honduras, these rumors trace back to President Obama's 2012 executive order to halt deportations for some young undocumented immigrants already living in the United States.
Video

Video Students in Business for Themselves

They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.
Video

Video Astronauts Train in Underwater Lab

In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.

AppleAndroid