“Now some may wonder why a Marine, an infantryman, a war fighter, would advocate for empowering the State Department, USAID, and our civilian-led engagement overseas. I am here because I have been on the front line of America’s presence in the world, in some of the most difficult security environments, and I know that the U.S. cannot rely on military power alone to keep us safe from terrorism, infectious disease, economic insecurity, and other global threats that recognize no borders. And I know that the military should not do what is best done by civilians.”
General Michael Hagee, USMC (Ret.)
33rd Commandant of the Marine Corps (2003-2006)
House Committee on Foreign Affairs
March 18, 2009
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