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The Russian military takeover of the Crimea shows that national power doesn’t come from the barrel of a gun, but from the “capacity to inspire,” according to President Barack Obama’s national security advisor.
And that power of inspiration must be used by American diplomats “to decry laws that would lock people up because of who they love and to find new ways to protect vulnerable members of the [worldwide] LGBT community,” National Security Adviser Susan Rice told an assembly of U.S. diplomats on Tuesday.
“Events in Ukraine bear out a fundamental truth about U.S. leadership in the 21st century,” she announced. “Real power is not the ability to intimidate and coerce, but rather the capacity to inspire people through the example of our values and the ability to rally other nations to meet shared challenges,” she declared at the Department of State’s Global Chiefs of Mission Conference.