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Elizabeth Dole on Foreign Policy

Republican Sr Senator


End aid to Colombia until they wipe out narco-guerillas

Dole called the rebels who control a swatch of Columbia “narco-terrorists” and “narco-guerillas.” She said she would cut off all military aid to Colombia until the government there forced the rebels to evacuate the area. “We will fight along the border,” Dole said. “We will fight on the streets; we will fight in our neighborhoods; and we will fight in our schools.” Though Congress has called on the Colombian government to reclaim the rebel-held area, it is hardly clear the Colombian army could do so.
Source: (Cross-ref Drugs) New York Times, p. A25 , Oct 8, 1999

Russia: Work with policies, not personalities

Dole criticized aid to Russia, saying the money had “disappeared into offshore accounts and the wallets of Russian officials,” while “the Russian people suffer.” Her Administration, she said, would work with “policies, not personalities,” an implicit slap at the Clinton Administration for propping up the increasingly discredited President of Russia, Boris N. Yeltsin.
Source: New York Times, Diana Jean Schemo, p. A21 , Sep 28, 1999

N. Korea & other rogue regimes are not our equals

“Throughout the world, the US will treat authoritarian and totalitarian states, such as North Korea, as rogue regimes, not as our equals,” Mrs. Dole said. “We will encourage and strengthen democratic oppositions within these countries wherever possible.”
Source: New York Times, Diana Jean Schemo, p. A21 , Sep 28, 1999

Russian Mob is consuming US tax dollars

Dole voiced her strong disapproval for the failed Russia policies of the Administration. “Russian organized crime is threatening the social fabric of Russia. Its tentacles are spreading worldwide into money laundering, drugs, prostitution & stolen cars. The Dole Administration will take this issue on directly with President Yeltsin and his successors to promote a politically & economically stable Russia that adopts free market principles and embraces democratic values & practices,” said Dole.
Source: Press Release on Russian Mob , Aug 27, 1999

Push China for reform; stand by Taiwan

China’s human rights situation is sharply deteriorating. It’s time to press Beijing much harder for reform. We need to support, publicly, freedom of conscience and speech in China. We need to insist on free and fair access to markets and respect for intellectual property rights. And we need to stand by our friends in Taiwan. And while we reach out to China as a partner for peace, we need to shut those doors to our military secrets.
Source: (Cross-ref from Foreign Policy) Speech at United States Nava , Jun 14, 1999

“Get a grip” on Cox Report & take action

[Regarding the Cox Report,] Elizabeth Dole declared, “Previous administrations must share in the blame, but this administration knew more and still chose not to take action. The Clinton-Gore administration needs to get a grip on the gravity of this crisis.”
Source: Associated Press, “Republicans on China”, by K. Srinivasan , May 26, 1999

US has responsibility to lead post-Cold War world

During four decades of Cold War, the US led a powerful democratic alliance to keep freedom safe in Europe and elsewhere. Ten years later, we are facing the challenges of the post-Cold War period. In the new democracies, marketplace structures remain fragile. A changing Europe, contraction in Asia, problems in developing economies - all pose hurdles. If we are to shape a world that is open to our values and ideals and well-being, we must accept our continued responsibility to lead.
Source: Remarks to the Detroit Economic Club, 29 April 1999 , Apr 29, 1999

Push China for reform; stand by Taiwan

China’s human rights situation is sharply deteriorating. It’s time to press Beijing much harder for reform. We need to support, publicly, freedom of conscience and speech in China. We need to insist on free and fair access to markets and respect for intellectual property rights. And we need to stand by our friends in Taiwan. And while we reach out to China as a partner for peace, we need to shut those doors to our military secrets.
Source: Speech at United States Naval Academy, April 14, 1999 , Apr 14, 1999

US responsibility: clear, credible & capable leadership

We protect our freedom best when America leads-and when that leadership is clear, credible and capable. Clear leadership requires a steady sense of purpose. Our free society and global economy require an environment that respects liberty and individual rights. We are the world’s only superpower. More important, we are the world’s only superpower democracy. If we are to shape a world that is open to our values and ideals and well-being, we must accept our responsibility to lead.
Source: Speech at United States Naval Academy, April 14, 1999 , Apr 14, 1999

Voted YES on cooperating with India as a nuclear power.

Congressional Summary:US-India Nuclear Cooperation Approval and Nonproliferation Enhancement Act:

Proponent's argument to vote Yes:Rep. HOWARD BERMAN (D, CA-28): Integrating India into a global nonproliferation regime is a positive step. Before anyone gets too sanctimonious about India's nuclear weapons program, we should acknowledge that the five recognized nuclear weapons states have not done nearly enough to fulfill their commitments under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, including making serious reductions in their own arsenals, nor in the case of the US in ratifying the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.

Opponent's argument to vote No:Rep. BARBARA LEE (D, CA-9): In withholding my approval, I seek not to penalize the people of India but, rather, to affirm the principle of nuclear nonproliferation. Jettisoning adherence to the international nuclear nonproliferation framework that has served the world so well for more than 30 years, as approval of the agreement before us would do, is just simply unwise. It is also reckless.

Approval of this agreement undermines our efforts to dissuade countries like Iran and North Korea from developing nuclear weapons. By approving this agreement, all we are doing is creating incentives for other countries to withdraw from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

Reference: US-India Nuclear Agreement; Bill HR.7081 ; vote number 2008-S211 on Oct 1, 2008

Impose sanctions and an import ban on Burma.

Dole co-sponsored imposing sanctions and an import ban on Burma

A bill to impose sanctions on officials of the State Peace and Development Council in Burma, to prohibit the importation of gemstones and hardwoods from Burma, & to promote a coordinated international effort to restore civilian democratic rule to Burma.

(The two Senate versions currently differ in wording). The Saffron Revolution Support Act states that it is U.S. policy to:

  1. support the democratic aspirations of Burma's people;
  2. condemn the repression carried out by the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC); and
  3. hold accountable individuals responsible for the repression of peaceful political activity in Burma.
Directs the President to submit to the appropriate congressional committees a list of:
  1. SPDC officials who play or have played a substantial role in political repression in Burma or in the commission of human rights abuses;
  2. Subjects persons so identified to U.S. entry prohibition and financial sanctions.
  3. Amends the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003 to prohibit the importation into the US of Burmese gems, teak, or other hardwood timber.
  4. Prohibits any U.S. person or corporation from investing in Burma.

Introductory statement by Sponsor:

Sen. McCAIN. The world has reacted with horror and revulsion at the Burmese junta's recent brutal crackdown against peaceful demonstrators. In crushing the Saffron Revolution, killing hundreds and jailing thousands, including countless Buddhist monks, the junta has left no doubt about its blatant disregard for basic human decency. We, as Americans, stand on the side of freedom, not fear; of peace, not violence; and of the millions in Burma who aspire to a better life, not those who would keep them isolated and oppressed. Our response must go beyond statements of condemnation, and the time to act is now. This legislation imposes meaningful and effective punitive action against the cruel, thuggish, and illegitimate Burmese government.

Source: Burma Democracy Promotion Act (S.2257 & S.2172) 07-S2257 on Oct 29, 2007

Implement Darfur Peace Agreement with UN peacekeeping force.

Dole co-sponsored implementing Darfur Peace Agreement with UN peacekeeping force

Source: S.RES.455 08-SR455 on Feb 14, 2008

Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide of the early 1900s.

Dole co-sponsored acknowledging the Armenian Genocide of the early 1900s

Sen. DURBIN: The definition of "genocide" is "the deliberate and systematic extermination of a national, racial, political, or cultural group." Scholars agree that what the Armenian people suffered in 1915 to 1917 fits the definition of genocide. To date, 19 countries and 37 US states recognize the Armenian Genocide. Genocide is wrong. It is evil. It is evil whether its victims are Armenians, Sudanese, Rwandan Tutsis, Cambodians or European Jews. Not to acknowledge genocide for what it is denigrates the memory of its victims. Recognition of genocide is part of the healing process. Official recognition will reaffirm our tradition of protecting the vulnerable and inspire us to not stand by and watch as genocide occurs in our time.
Source: Armenian Genocide Resolution (S.RES.106/H.RES.106) 2007-SR106 on Mar 14, 2007

Call for Burma's junta to release political prisoners.

Dole co-sponsored calling for Burma's junta to release political prisoners

Source: Aung San Suu Kyi Resolution (S.RES.250) 2007-SR250 on Jun 22, 2007

Condemn violence by Chinese government in Tibet.

Dole co-sponsored condemning the violence by Chinese government in Tibet

A resolution condemning the violence in Tibet and calling for restraint by the Government of the People's Republic of China and the people of Tibet. Calls for:

  1. a dialogue between the government of China and His Holiness the Dalai Lama on religious and cultural autonomy for Tibet within China; and
  2. release of peaceful protesters.
    Calls on the PRC to:
  1. respect the right of the people of Tibet to speak of the Dalai Lama and possess his photograph;
  2. respect basic human rights;
  3. allow international journalists free access to China; and
  4. provide a full accounting of the March 2008 protests in Tibet.
Urges that the agreement permitting the PRC to open further diplomatic missions in the United States should be contingent upon establishment of a U.S. government office in Lhasa, Tibet.
Source: S.RES.504 2008-SR504 on Apr 7, 2008

Pressure friendly Arab states to end Israeli boycott.

Dole signed Schumer-Graham letter to Secy. Rice from 79 Congress members

    Dear Secretary Rice,
    In the past, the lack of sufficient support from [non-participating] Arab states have made it difficult to reach agreements [on the Arab-Israeli conflict]. You should press friendly Arab countries that have not yet done so, to:
  1. Participate in the upcoming international meeting and be a full partner of the US in advancing regional peace
  2. Take visible, meaningful steps in the financial, diplomatic and political arena to help Palestinian President Abbas govern effectively and meet obligations to fight terror
  3. Stop support for terrorist groups and cease all anti-Israel and anti-Jewish incitement
  4. Recognize Israel's right to exist and not use such recognition as a bargaining chip for future Israeli concessions
  5. End the Arab League economic boycott of Israel in all of its forms
  6. Pressure Hamas to recognize Israel, reject terror, and accept prior agreements, and isolate Hamas until it takes such steps.
Source: Schumer-Graham letter to Secy. Rice from 79 Congress members 2010-LT-AR on Oct 2, 2007

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