America must not 'dictate' to world, new defence chief says
Published on Feb 28, 2013 6:33 AM
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Decorated Vietnam veteran Chuck Hagel was sworn in as United States (US) defence secretary on Wednesday after a bruising Senate confirmation battle, promising to renew old US alliances and forge new ones without attempting to "dictate" to the world.
Addressing Pentagon employees shortly after a small, closed-door swearing-in ceremony, Mr Hagel spoke optimistically, if vaguely, about global challenges ahead and the importance of American leadership abroad.
"We can't dictate to the world. But we must engage the world. We must lead with our allies," Mr Hagel said in what appeared to be unscripted remarks.
"No nation, as great as America is, can do any of this alone."
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