A realistic, progressive approach to US foreign policy

Declare a no first use policy on nuclear weapons and take all US weapons off of hair trigger(launch on warning) alert. Despite decades of foreign requests and U.N. demands, no U.S. president has ever renounced first use of nuclear weapons to manage nonnuclear conflicts, and every modern president has publicly or privately threatened nuclear first use against at least one nation. The U.S sacrifices its credibility on the issue of nuclear disarmament and cannot successfully achieve its most basic security aims by continuing to hold a gun to the head of every nation on Earth.

Reduce Military Spending – Commit to reducing Pentagon spending by at least $200 billion annually. The unnecessary & destabilizing nuclear modernization plan is expected to cost $1.7 trillion over the next 30 years ($56.6 billion/year). If we are to live up to our responsibilities under article VI of the Non Proliferation Treaty, the entire modernization plan must be called into question. This funding should be redirected to the U.S. Department of State and critical social safety nets at home. We call on you to end the production of new nuclear weapons, in particular to cancel replacement of the 450 ICBM facilities scheduled to begin in 2029, and respect the outer space treaty of 1967 and cancel the establishment of ‘space force’. 

Renew New START for 5 years before it expires on 2/5/21 – demonstrate leadership in the context of the NPT’s 50th anniversary by announcing plans to unilaterally reduce the US deployed strategic warheads to no more than 1,400 (below the New START ceiling of 1,550) within one year and invite Russia to make a reciprocal commitment. Reengage in the INF and Open Skies treaties.

Sign the US onto the new global Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW)

Work for Senate ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty(CTBT), which the US signed in 1996 and still has yet to ratify.  

Reiterate Barack Obama’s early commitment to living in a world free of nuclear weapons by making a major foreign policy address -and this time accompany the words with action – affirming our commitment to the goal of total global nuclear disarmament, including our own arsenal, to be pursued with all deliberate speed. “No single nation should pick and choose which nations hold nuclear weapons. That is why I strongly reaffirm America’s commitment to seek a world in which no nations hold nuclear weapons.“ – quote from Obama Cairo speech in 2009 

Repeal the 2001 AUMF and respect congressional war powers – Commit to supporting a repeal of the 2001 AUMF and ending all uses of U.S. military force that have not been authorized by Congress in previous Administrations. Commit to ending any military action upon a majority vote in Congress under the War Powers Act of 1973. 

End all US support for the unconstitutional Saudi led war on Yemen – This brutal war has killed over 100,000 Yemenis, the vast majority civilians, including children, in what has been called “the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.” Congress bipartisanly passed legislation that would put an end to U.S. support last year, but President Trump vetoed the bill. 

The U.S. should immediately stop all military, intelligence and logistical support for the war, and stop selling deadly arms to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.Restore all humanitarian and food aid to Yemen, including USAID that was cut by President Trump at the beginning of the pandemic. Move immediately in conjunction with the State Dept. to remove the terrorist organization designation placed on the Houthis by outgoing Secretary of State Pompeo.  

Immediately withdraw ALL US troops and contractors from Afghanistan – Use your authority as Commander in Chief, immediately begin the process of removing all military personnel and civilian contractors from the theatre of Afghanistan, finally ending the longest war in US history.  

Re-join the Paris Climate Accords – These accords remain the most comprehensive international agreement to confront the existential threat of climate disruption. As the world’s largest economy, the United States should be a leader in transformative solutions to this grave threat, and can only do so as part of a broad international agreement. 

Declare the Korean War over and seek a permanent peace treaty – sign the Re-introduced House Resolution 152 (Calling for a Formal End to the Korean War) and the Enhancing North Korea Humanitarian Assistance Act (KPNGN) – the diplomatic progress should be built upon and pushed further to prioritize both peace and the denuclearization on the Korean peninsula. We urge you to focus on confidence-building measures that can move towards normalizing relations, most importantly concluding a peace treaty to end the conflict. With the war officially ended, we will have a stronger ability to negotiate for rolling back North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

Reinstitute the JCPOA (Iran Nuclear deal) – We call on you to end the ongoing failed “maximum pressure” campaign, and return to the “Iran Nuclear Deal” (JCPOA) in exchange for Iran returning to full compliance with the accord, and seek to build on the deal with further negotiations. 

Support a just and peaceful future for resolution to the Palestinians and Israelis- The U.S. should work to build a future in which all Palestinians and Israelis live with justice and full equality by upholding a foreign policy that centers human rights and dignity for all people. We call on you to use a combination of pressure and incentives, including leveraging the annual $3.8 billion in U.S. military funding to Israel, to get all parties to come to an agreement that upholds U.N. Security Council Resolutions and international law, including ending Israel’s military occupation; disbanding Israel’s illegal settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem; ending the Israeli military blockade of Gaza; and ending all attacks on civilians, be they Israeli or Palestinian. We call on President Biden and Secretary Blinken to rescind Secretary Pompeo’s blanket designation of BDS as anti-Semitic, and to restore all UNRWA aid to Gaza. 

Oppose regime-change interventions and broad-based sanctions – Broad based sanctions only serve to impoverish  populations at large while failing to achieve positive political outcomes, and frequently empower nationalist leaders. The U.S. should stop seeking to transform other countries through destructive policies and instead work through the United Nations Security Council and other multilateral fora to build global consensus and international legal backing for peaceful, diplomatic solutions to internal and international conflicts.

Reject discriminatory immigration policies and support refugees – We call on you to repeal the Muslim, African, refugee, and asylum bans, restore access to asylum, and support a robust refugee resettlement program. This includes a commitment to admit at least 125,000 refugees in your first year in office, increasing refugee admissions every year, and investing in infrastructure needed to rebuild our refugee resettlement program and restore U.S. leadership on refugee protection given that we are now facing the worst global displacement crisis in history.

Join the majority of International Monetary Fund members in agreeing to a major issuance of Special Drawing Rights through the IMF to save lives and prevent global economic collapse. 

Request that the US Treasury issue a worldwide clear general license and provide immediate, temporary sanctions relief to allow for humanitarian aid to be delivered during the pandemic. 

Make a genocide determination on the Rohingya in Burma & support The Burma Human Rights and Freedom Act of 2019 (S.1186). This legislation will continue the U.S.’ ongoing support for human rights and democracy in Burma through its mandate for regular reporting, sanctions on top military officials, and authorization for humanitarian aid. 

Call for the passage of the Rohingya Genocide Determination Act (S.4659)  which will further spur U.S. action on seeking justice and accountability on behalf of the many individuals who have suffered from the brutal attacks of the Burmese military.  

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