In an interview with The Huffington Post on Wednesday,
"I can't see a global benefit to the political crisis that we're facing," said
He added that the
"The political brinkmanship that has characterized our country over the last couple of decades can hamper our ability to shape the world events in ways that are consistent with our values and our interests," he said.
The beginning of the
Yet Crowley said that draining the State Department and international aid budgets, as some Republicans have advocated, could also affect the ability of the United States to carry out its mission in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.
"The solution in
"People think that when we pull out military forces, our work is done," said
Responding to critics in Congress who believe taxpayers are giving too much to the State Department,
"We have to make sure that as we more judiciously use our military power in the future, we make sure that we have a comparable civilian capability to -- in most cases -- prevent the emergence of crises that require military action," he added. "But where we do require military action, the military has to have a civilian partner to hand a mission off to. Members of Congress have challenged the recent growth in the State Department budget, and yet, that reflects the increased responsibility we are placing on our diplomats and our development experts in places like
When asked whether he was optimistic that the