Jane Harman on the Role of the State Department

Jul 26, 2012

During the Aspen Security Conference, Jane Harman talked to CNN about the role of the State Department and the best way forward in Syria. 

"The State Department has two roles that are indispensible...diplomacy and development...our kinetic power is third. A large military footprint has an inverse relationship to building support for our policies around the world."

"I think our best weapon in fighting terrorism is a better narrative..just a wack a mole approach is not going to win this. We need to think about the kid who is 15 or 16 and is thinking about whether he is going to strap on that suicide vest or do something constructive for his country. We need to have a narraitve that makes [youth] think that the United States stands for opportunity, improvement, tolerance and pluralism."