A new Doctrine of Strength Through Peace

Dennis Kucinich is the only Democrat running for President who has voted against authorizing the war in Iraq and against funding its continuation. He has proposed a bold, new policy to re-establish America’s place in the world: Diplomacy and a return to statesmanship as the path to strong international leadership; A new policy of investing in our communities and our infrastructure; A new policy of Strength through Peace. “We need to understand the connection between peace and the environment. We know that life on our planet is threatened by the twin threats of global warring and global warming. They are linked, and we have to understand that as we cognize the world as being interconnected and interdependent, we know that resource wars are passe and that the focus on sustainability will create peace.”
— Dennis Kucinich

The Cold War belief that peace comes through strength is as obsolete as the Edsel. In an interconnected world of trading partners afloat with nuclear weapons, war is unthinkable. The Europeans have turned away from the catastrophic wars of the last century which took over 100 million lives to embrace a new understanding of diplomacy and dialogue as well as a new understanding of patriotism. So must the United States. The world depends on it. Strength Through Peace A foreign policy dedicated to Strength through Peace is a bold, new effort to re-establish America's place in a peaceful world and to regain respect for America in the world community. Strength through Peace advocates support diplomacy and a return to statesmanship as the path to strong international leadership. On the domestic front, Strength through Peace is a policy of investing in our communities and our infrastructure. The doctrine recognizes that as long as the United States pursues a policy of aggressive war, it will never have the resources to provide its citizens with health care, renewable energy independence, proper public education pre-K through college, a safe public transportation infrastructure, state-of-the art communications systems, and other infrastructure needed for a sustainable, equitable and peaceful economy. Without peace there can be no prosperity. Strength through Peace recognizes there is a connection between peace and the environment, that life on our planet is threatened by the twin threats of global warring and global warming. These two threats are linked, and the Strength through Peace doctrine recognizes that. It sees the world as being interconnected and interdependent, and declares that resource wars are always destructive. Strength through Peace recognizes that only a focus on world sustainability can create world peace Because the United States spends more on defense than the rest of the world combined, it will likely remain the world’s most powerful nation. But with that power comes a great responsibility. Strength through Peace advocates believe the United States must use its unrivaled power to lead, not to bully, the rest of the world. War must truly become the last desperate measure of self defense, not the major policy tool it is now used for. The fact that the United States is the planet’s first superpower able to destroy any society, either conventionally or with nuclear technology, has not prevented: • Growing antipathy and distrust towards the U.S. across the globe • Escalating bloodshed in Iraq • Looming wars in Iran and Syria. • Increasing terrorist acts against U.S. interests • Spiraling U.S. military spending • Spreading weapons of mass destruction • Growing conflicts and tension across the world • Ongoing arms race By abandoning the arrogant “my way or the highway” attitude we can reengage the world in productive discussion on our common goals of universal peace and prosperity. In contrast, maintaining the current “Peace through Strength” course of action will only end with a world in economic ruin.
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