Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Successful Foreign Policy


Hillary Clinton will basically continue the same foreign policy, that we saw from the Obama administration because it has worked.
She’ll focused on the threat from ISIL and al Qaeda, because she realizes, that instability in the Middle East will continue for decades in many parts of the world.  Afghanistan, Pakistan, as well as parts of Central America, Africa and Asia could eventually become safe havens for new terrorist networks. Desperate people in those parts of the world will look to America to help solve their problems, and our answer needs to be more than tough talk or calls to carpet-bomb civilians.
As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton learned that patient diplomacy and a disciplined strategy that uses every element of our national power is the smartest approach.  America will always have the option of acting alone if necessary, to protect our people and allies; but on issues of global concern, we’ll attempt to persuade other countries to work with us, and make sure, that they pull their own weight.
Under Hillary Clinton our approach to conflicts like Syria will continue to be partnering with local forces and leading international efforts to help those broken society reach a lasting peace.
Hillary knows the value of developing a global coalition, because she initiated the sanctions to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran.  Iran has rolled back its nuclear program, shipped out its uranium stockpile, and nuclear war seems to have been avoided.
She witnessed how we stopped the spread of Ebola in West Africa, by using our military and doctors to set up a foothold that allowed other countries to join us in stamping out that epidemic.
She recognizes the reasons President Obama shaped the Trans-Pacific Partnership to open markets, protect workers and the environment, while advancing American leadership in Asia.  It cuts 18,000 taxes on products Made in America, and supports more good jobs.  TPP ensures that China doesn't set the rules in that region.  Congress needs to approve that agreement, and give our next president the tools to enforce it.
Clinton acknowledged that fifty years of isolating Cuba had failed to promote democracy, and set us back in Latin America.  Restoring diplomatic relations, opened the door to travel and commerce, and positioned our country to improve the lives of the Cuban people.  If congressional Republicans wants to consolidate our leadership in his hemisphere, they should lift that embargo.

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