State of Maryland secondary Archives: on Foreign Policy
End U.S. global hegemony and become cooperative partner
Rather than making the world a safer place, US foreign policy which is based on intervention into other nations, global hegemony and aggression, has created greater insecurity. It is time for the US to end its global hegemony and become a cooperative
partner in the world. The US spends up to $120 billion annually on foreign military bases, which cost as much as four times the amount spent on Social Security & Unemployment ($29 billion); and nearly twice as much as Housing and Community ($63 billion).
Rather than building more bases, especially bases that are widely opposed such as the ones on Jeju Island in Korea and on Okinawa in Japan, the US needs to close bases and outposts as part of remaking a
foreign policy that emphasizes diplomacy, cooperation and nonintervention into the affairs of other nations. We can bring the skills of military personnel and the military dollars home to address the urgent crises we face domestically."
Source: 2016 MD Senate campaign: response to State of the Union
Jan 12, 2016
Reform policies on Russian aggression, ISIS, Syria, and Iran
Following a successful fundraising event with Ambassador John Bolton, Richard Douglas announced he is exploring a run for the 2016 Senate GOP nomination. "Now more than ever, the US Senate needs individuals like Richard Douglas who understand the power
of Congress in these dangerous times," said Bolton. "The Iran deal is dangerous for America, Israel, and our allies across the globe."
Douglas will leverage his military background and legal experience as former senior counsel to key US Senate
committees to protect the nation's security interests and reform foreign policy in the wake of the Iran agreement, the so-called "red-line" against Syria using chemical weapons, Russian aggression in Ukraine and the threat of ISIS at home and abroad.
"These times demand a mastery of Senate rules & the subject matter," said Douglas. "They require tenacity to overcome inertia & Senate unwillingness to assert itself in policies defining the nation. If the Senate fails we fail. I aim to prevent that."
Source: 2016 Campaign website for MD Senate, DouglasMaryland.com
Jul 21, 2015
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