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Gary Bauer on Foreign Policy

2000 Republican Primary Candidate for President


Be tough on Syria, on China, and on others

FORBES [to Bauer]: In terms of Syria, I hope you agree, that at the very least we should demand of Syria that they cease financing terrorist organizations. This administrationís turned a blind eye to it. And we should demand that Syria withdraw its strategic alliance with North Korea and Iran in developing missile technology. Would you join with me in making that minimal demand of Syria?

BAUER: Of course I will, but I just think youíve got blinders on. You know, the threat to America is not Syria. I will be very tough on Syria about their transfer of weapons, of supporting terrorists. But Iíll do that to China, too. You know, thatís the big challenge for America. Iím going to be tough on American foreign policy. Not just against Syria, but also against the Chinese in Beijing.

Source: (X-ref from Forbes) GOP Debate in Manchester NH , Jan 26, 2000

Africa: Needs better governments, not bailouts

Q: Should we appropriate $300 million out of the surplus to help fight AIDS in Africa? A: As president I would. use that surplus first to help the American people, and then to help whoever else we can. The suffering people of Africa ultimately will not be bailed out by us on this or any other thing. They must get governments in Africa that promote economic growth, that treat people as human beings. That is the long-term answer for Africa, not reaching further into the hands of the American taxpayer.
Source: GOP Debate in Michigan , Jan 10, 2000

Panama Canal: Keep US in; keep China Out

BAUER[to Bush]: We transferred the Panama Canal back to Panama [recently]. I believe our national security is at stake in Panama. The Chinese [own] the land on both ends of the canal. If Iím president, Iím going to look at how I can reassert American military forces there. Are you willing to take the steps necessary, including putting our military back in Panama in order to stop the Chinese from taking over influence there?

BUSH: In 1978 I opposed the Panama Canal Treaty. Now, our country has signed the treaty. I believe we ought to honor the treaty. But when Iím the president, if I find in any way, shape or form the canal is closed to world interests, I will do whatever it takes to keep the canal open. It is in our national strategic interests to have a peaceful hemisphere in which trade can flow freely. And Iíll liberate the canal if I have to.

BAUER: Do you see a threat from China in the canal?

BUSH. Weíll just wait & see.

Source: Republican Debate in West Columbia, SC , Jan 7, 2000

Abolish the IMF

Gary Bauer issued a press release calling for the abolition of the International Monetary Fund, the lending agency that arranged rescue loans for countries caught in the global economic crisis of the past two years. The 182-nation IMF is a major force in the economic lives of many countries, particularly poor ones. Though it remains largely unknown to Americans, its role has been hotly debated in Washington in the past two years.
Source: Boston Globe, p. A14 , Oct 5, 1999

Focus on human rights; against China; & support of Israel.

Source: www.Bauer2k.com , Jul 2, 1999

America should advance & protect freedom worldwide

America is, in my view, a nation with a calling. Americaís prime purpose in the world should be not only our own national defense, but to advance and protect the cause of freedom. I donít think this is utopianism. I donít think itís some starry-eyed view of far away crusades. I believe itís a view born of the deepest, and most profound kind of realism. And more than that, it is key to American history. And I believe it has got to be the center of American foreign policy now.
Source: Speech at Harvardís Kennedy School of Government , Apr 13, 1998

End of Cold War does not end US involvement abroad

Things are going well economically. People watched the Soviet Union unravel, and there was a collective sigh by the American people that the worse was over, that there wasnít much that we had to be concerned about right now. Our leaders in Washington are failing in a very important responsibility to talk about the foreign policy challenges we face around the world. We need to appeal to the better instincts of the American people and have a conversation [redefining foreign policy] now.
Source: Speech at Harvardís Kennedy School of Government , Apr 13, 1998


Gary Bauer on China

The verdict is in: sanction China

BAUER [to Forbes]: China is in the middle of a massive arms build-up. Theyíve taken technology from the US. Weíve got threats on Taiwan. This Chinese defense minister said: War with the US was inevitable. Will you repeal MFN status for China? I will in my first week in office.

FORBES: We must let the Chinese know what the rules of engagement are. On human rights abuses: We will criticize them. In terms of trade, it has to be two-way.. If they donít adhere to those rules, then you take the appropriate steps including taking trade sanctions.

BAUER: Will you repeal MFN status for China or not?

FORBES: If China violates those rules of engagement, then trade is going to be on the table including MFN. But you must first lay out what those rules are. If they want a relationship with us, hereís how you can have it. If not, they can have that confrontation and weíll win against them just as we did against other tyrants.

BAUER: Youíre ignoring 10 years of history. The verdictís already in.

Source: (X-ref to Forbes) GOP Debate in Manchester NH , Jan 26, 2000

Shame on those who sent tech to Chinese military

Money originating with the Peopleís Liberation Army, in Communist China. made its way into the American political process and then weíre supposed to believe that coincidentally a few months after that technology gets sold to China. The politicians and the corporate presidents that allowed that technology to go to China that can be used by the Chinese military, ought to be ashamed of themselves. If we have to send people to an Asian battlefield again, they will have some answering to do.
Source: GOP Debate in Johnston, Iowa , Jan 16, 2000

Stop allowing China to play us for suckers

BAUER [to Bush]: I will stop allowing China to play us for suckers. Weíve given them Most Favored Nation status 10 years in a row. They dump their goods here. And Iowa farmers are selling less to China now than they did 10 years ago. The time of them playing us for suckers will end in my presidency.

BUSH: Iím glad you brought it up. Youíre not for China getting into the WTO. I am. And let me tell you something-the amount of corn thatíll be moved if China gets in the WTO will rise from 250,000 metric tons, to 7.2 million metric tons. Opening up Chinese markets is good for our farmers.

BAUER: Governor Bush, hereís your fallacy: You believe the Chinese government will keep their agreements. They havenít kept their agreements for 20 years.

BUSH: Thatís why we let them in the WTO. Thatís part of agreement keeping.

BAUER: That just gives them another agreement to break, Governor.

Source: (cross-ref. to Bush) Des Moines Iowa GOP Debate , Dec 13, 1999

End appeasement based on corporate bottom line

In a speech before the Commonwealth Club of California, Bauer delivered a scathing denunciation of China and accused ďthe Wall Street wing of the Republican PartyĒ and the Clinton administration of conducting a policy of appeasement based on economic, rather than security, interests. ďOur foreign policy must have a greater purpose than the corporate bottom line,Ē Bauer said.
Source: Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times , Sep 28, 1999

Cox Report marks failure to protect our nation

[Regarding the Cox Report,] Gary Bauer, who has made China policy a cornerstone of his campaign, accused the administration of failing in ďits most basic duty to protect our nation.Ē Bauer said in a statement, ďit is time for new American leadership, it is time for a new foreign policy, and it is time for new congressional hearings to investigate who is directly responsible - politically and commercially - for endangering Americaís national security.Ē
Source: Associated Press, ďRepublicans on ChinaĒ, by K. Srinivasan , May 26, 1999

Moral obligation to speak out for Chinese Christians

Thereís something deeply wrong with saying that any government can regulate the content of the faith that can be practiced in their country. There are millions of Christian Chinese who are serious about their faith, and even in the face of oppression will insist on practicing it. We have a moral obligation to stand with those people and to speak up for them, and demand that they be treated fairly and be accorded the same rights to worship that free men and women enjoy all around the world.
Source: Speech at Harvardís Kennedy School of Government , Apr 13, 1998

Role in the world: military strength and moral clarity.

Bauer signed Project for the New American Century Statement of Principles

American foreign policy is adrift. Conservatives have criticized the incoherent policies of the Clinton Administration. They have also resisted isolationist impulses from within their own ranks. But conservatives have not confidently advanced a strategi

Source: PNAC Principles 97-PNAC-FP on Jun 3, 1997

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