Jan 22, 2013
President Barack Obama on Monday vowed to renew “strong alliances” around the world, saying that the United States was committed to finding security without “perpetual war.”
“America will remain the anchor of strong alliances in every corner of the globe,” Obama said from the Capitol steps as he was inaugurated for a second term.
“And we will renew those institutions that extend our capacity to manage crisis abroad, for no one has the greater stake in a peaceful world than its most powerful nation,” Obama said.
Pointing to the end of the Iraq war and the coming withdrawal of US troops in Afghanistan, Obama said: “We, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.”