Foreign Policy

The American people value peace, prosperity, and security, and they want to support nations which share our values and oppose dictatorships which limit their citizens’ freedom. A strong, flexible foreign policy, one which incorporates both diplomacy and a military prepared for the rare times in which it is necessary, is capable of reaching all these goals. We must not be careless with American lives or give up on the principles that America stands for.

  • Avoid involvement in the Syrian civil war. After Iraq and Afghanistan, the American people have learned that getting involved in long, drawn-out Middle East wars has high costs and will not make America safer. But all too many Congresspeople, including Dianne Feinstein, have not learned from experience. The plight of the Syrian people moves everyone’s hearts, but we should help them through humanitarian aid and welcoming refugees-- not bombs and boots on the ground.

  • Reduce military spending while preserving security. A strong military is essential to America’s security. But much defense funding is wasted on Cold War-era systems, expensive defense contractors, or outright fraud. We must reduce waste, ensure that every expenditure is an investment in making us safer, and audit defense spending to make sure that every dollar is going where it should be.

  • Ally with democracies instead of authoritarian regimes. In an increasingly globalized world, isolationism will not make America strong. But supporting authoritarian regimes goes against our values and harms our international reputation. We should not provide military aid to Egypt or sell arms to Saudi Arabia. Conversely, we must stay in NATO, support Japan and South Korea, and continue our longstanding policy of opposing any effort by mainland China to determine the future of Taiwan by other than peaceful means.

  • Support democracy through diplomacy and soft power. As Americans, we have a responsibility to spread democracy and freedom throughout the globe. But regime change through war costs thousands of American lives and doesn’t lead to long-term sustainable democracies. We must use diplomacy and soft power to promote democracy, in particular keeping American allies such as Turkey from backsliding into dictatorship.

  • Oppose terrorism without sacrificing our values. The tragic deaths of Americans due to terrorism are sobering. But we must not dishonor their memories by sacrificing our freedom, our privacy, and the other things that make America great, and we must not let our grief goad us into making decisions that give the terrorists exactly what they want. The terrorists cannot win unless we give into fear. At home, we must protect the freedoms laid out in the Bill of Rights. Abroad, we must combat terrorism with smart policies without getting dragged into quagmires that don’t make America safer.

  • Support free trade without corporate giveaways. Donald Trump is wrong about trade: in reality, it opens new markets and provides cheaper goods for both Americans and people abroad. However, all too often, so-called free-trade agreements, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, are actually bundles of favors to corporate lobbyists dressed up as free trade. We must negotiate real free trade agreements that help everyone, not just the wealthiest.