„The [president] is right to point to an international [jihadist] movement aimed at the collapse of the United States. He has gone after that threat in the right way and with great energy and vigor, and I applaud the fact that he has taken it on very seriously and has not considered it just a criminal action but instead a war action, which requires a military … response.“

—  Mitt Romney, 2003–2007 Governor of Massachusetts, Interview with James Taranto, December 2005.
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„[I take] full military responsibility for the actions of the army in the war against terrorism.“

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„We had 10 years after the Cold War to build a new world order and yet we squandered them. The United States cannot tolerate anyone acting independently. Every US president has to have a war.“

—  Mikhail Gorbachev General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union 1931
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„The problem after a war is the victor. He thinks he has just proved that war and violence pay. Who will now teach him a lesson?“

—  A. J. Muste Christian pacifist and civil rights activist 1885 - 1967
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„America may have the strongest military in the world, but it must submit to civilian control. I, as the President of the United States, make determinations that the military then carries out, not the other way around. As President and Commander-In-Chief, I have that responsibility because I'm accountable to the people.“

—  Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961
2012, Yangon University Speech (November 2012), Context: And to protect the freedom of all the voters, those in power must accept constraints. That's what our American system is designed to do. Now, America may have the strongest military in the world, but it must submit to civilian control. I, as the President of the United States, make determinations that the military then carries out, not the other way around. As President and Commander-In-Chief, I have that responsibility because I'm accountable to the people.

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