'We have our story to tell'

The Secretary of State spoke with TIME's Rick Stengel on a flight from Oman to Afghanistan on Oct. 19

Is Libya a model for U.S. engagement in the future?

My goal is to assert our leadership in the most values-centered way, using the new tools and techniques available for diplomacy and development--so-called smart power--to build more-durable coalitions and networks ... Libya gave us a chance to demonstrate what it means to really put together a strong commitment--led by the United States, make no doubt about that, but fully participated in by not just our usual allies but new allies as well. And taking the time to construct that, which we did, I think strengthened our position.

The President was criticized...

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