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" You know, one thing I've learned over 40 years is that when you have jobs in Washington, you do it day by day and that's what I'm doing as secretary of defense. "
" Iran's continued drive to develop nuclear capabilities, including troubling enrichment activities and past work on weaponization documented by the IAEA, and its continued support to groups like Hezbollah, Hamas and other terrorist organizations make clear that the regime in Tehran is a very grave threat to all of us. "
" One demonstration of extremists, any more than a Ku Klux Klan demonstration in the United States, is not necessarily reflective of what the rest of the country feels. "
" I mean, the Taliban, my view is that they have been weakened. We have not seen them able to conduct any kind of organized attack to regain any territory that they've lost. We've seen levels of violence going down. "
" Throughout the 40 years I've been in Washington, I've always worked hard, particularly with regards to the budget issues. "
" Go forward, knowing that you are greater than the challenges of your time. "
" Well look, CIA is an agency that has to collect intelligence, do operations. We have to take risks and it's important that we take risks and that we know that we have the support of the government and we have the support of the American people in what we're doing. "
" The last thing I want to do is to make the mistakes of the past. "
" Rising sea levels, severe draughts, the melting of the polar caps, the more frequent and devastating natural disasters all raise demand for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. "
" Well, the United States is a Pacific power. And we have always had a presence in the Pacific. "
" Winning in Afghanistan is having a country that is stable enough to ensure that there is no safe haven for Al Qaida or for a militant Taliban that welcomes Al Qaida. That's really the measure of success for the United States. "
" You know, as director of the CIA, I got an awful lot of intelligence about all the horrible things that could go on across the world. "
" I don't engage in hypotheticals. "
" If the Iraqis fail to implement the reforms, if they fail to get a handle on the violence, there's nothing the United States can do, militarily or otherwise, that can solve those problems. They have to assume the primary responsibility to govern themselves. "
" After every major conflict - World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the fall of the Soviet Union - what happened was that we ultimately hollowed out the force, largely by doing deep across-the-board cuts. "
" There's no question that the main location of Al Qaida is in tribal areas of Pakistan. "
" She is smart. She is principled. She is tough, and she is ready. Hillary is the single most experienced and prepared person who has ever run for president. "
" We either believe in the dignity of the individual, the rule of law, and the prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment, or we don't. There is no middle ground. "
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" Rather than undermining the Palestinian Authority, it is in Israel's interests to strengthen it by... continuing to transfer Palestinian tax revenues and pursuing other avenues of cooperation. "
" The United States will do whatever we have to do to protect our forces. "
" I think the primary message to the world is that the United States is going to remain the strongest military power in the world. "
" Iran is isolating itself from the rest of the world. "
" I think what both Republicans and Democrats need to do and the leaders on both sides is to recognize that if sequester takes place, it would be disastrous for our national defense and very frankly for a lot of very important domestic programs. They have a responsibility to come together, find the money necessary to de-trigger sequester. "
" When you're smaller and leaner, you're not going to have that large a presence throughout the world. "
" Frankly, my fundamental beliefs have not changed. "