Secretary of State John Kerry told Congress
Wednesday that the United States remained the "guardian of global
security" and would defend itself and its allies against threats from
"We will not turn our back on the prospect of peace, but neither are we going to hesitate to do what we need to do to defend our allies and our interests," he told the House Foreign Affairs Committee in a hearing on the State Department's 2014 budget request.
Kerry pointed to challenges facing the United States in defending the State Department's 47.8-billion-dollar spending request.
"In the past few months, we've seen a number of developments that underscore the stakes for having a strong American presence in every part of the world," he said.
He noted a US-brokered deal to end a rift between Israel and Turkey and nearly 385 million dollars in humanitarian aid to Syria.
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