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Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the attacks are working.
American bombs falling on Muslims in a third Muslim country would not improve world's view of the United States.
President Obama assured earthquake-ravaged Japan that the United States "stands ready to help."
The Foreign Relations chairman said the U.S. should wait for an international agreement.
Clinton told Congress the U.S. must lead an international response to the crisis.
Unless we tackle this problem, we'll put a severe strain on the military budget and ballooning the deficit.
Obama's proposed 2012 budget reduces the size of the Army and Marine Corps starting in 2015.
But the total—not counting war costs—cannot be less than $540 billion, says the defense chief.
Hillary Clinton will oversee the long-term process.
The president might have some trouble replacing retiring Joint Chiefs Chairman Mike Mullen.