"When you decide to get involved in a military operation in a place like Syria youve got to be prepared as we learned from Iraq and Afghanistan to become the government and Im not sure any country either the United States or I dont hear of anyone else whos willing to take on that responsibility."
"In other words dont expect to always be great. Disappointments failures and setbacks are a normal part of the lifecycle of a unit or a company and what the leader has to do is constantly be up and say we have a problem lets go and get it."
"In terms of the legal matter of creating a contract between two people thats called marriage and allowing them to live together with the protection of law it seems to me is the way we should be moving in this country."
"The purposes of the United States should not be doubted. The Security Council resolutions will be enforced - the just demands of peace and security will be met - or action will be unavoidable. And a regime that has lost its legitimacy will also lose its power."
"I respect the fact that many denominations have different points of view with respect to gay marriage and they can hold that in the sanctity in the place of their religion and not bless them or solemnize them."
"Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership."
"You should see what our Founding Fathers used to say to each other and in the early part of our nation. But what they were able to do especially in Philadelphia in 1787 four months they argued about what a House should be what a Senate should be the power of the president the Congress the Supreme Court. And they had to deal with slavery."
"We all hoped in 2001 that we could put in place an Afghan government under President Karzai that would be able to control the country make sure al-Qaeda didnt come back and make sure the Taliban wasnt resurging. It didnt work out."
"My own experience is use the tools that are out there. Use the digital world. But never lose sight of the need to reach out and talk to other people who dont share your view. Listen to them and see if you can find a way to compromise."
"What youre seeing with Occupy Wall Street and the others are people who are unhappy and theyre directing their unhappiness now toward Wall Street and toward those they think are doing too well in our society."