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Clinton: Libya, Syria show 'smart power' at work
Clinton says Obama administration's 'smart power' policy on display in Libya, Syria
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is defending the Obama administration's approach to crises in Libya and Syria. She says the United States remains the world's strongest leader but that doesn't always mean it should act alone or with brute force.

Clinton told a military audience on Tuesday that the administration is using "smart power" instead.

Although the White House is edging closer to an open demand that Syria's leader step aside, Clinton says it would be a mistake to make that move unilaterally. In Libya, the U.S. and other nations did respond to repression with a demand that the country's leader step aside.

Unlike in Syria, the U.S. also supported military action to protect civilians in Libya. The U.S. briefly led that operation and then handed control to NATO.

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