John Hagelin on Defense

Donít Ask, Donít Tell is a recipe for discrimination

Q: Do you support the ďdonít ask, donít tellĒ policy on gays in the military?

A: ďDonít ask, donít tellí is a recipe for discrimination. Gays should be allowed to defend our country, as they indeed always have, without censure of silence. Naturally, sexual promiscuity heterosexual or homosexual - has no place in the military.Ē

Source: Associated Press Sep 6, 2000

Decrease military aid; shift to life-supporting policy

Two thirds of US foreign aid is military aid. I would create an immediate shift away from the export of weapons-the US is one of the largest arms dealers in the world-toward a more life-supporting policy based on the export of US know-how. American expertise and technical assistance in such critical areas as business, entrepreneurship, education, sustainable agriculture, and environmental technologies, supplemented where necessary with economic support, should replace military aid as our principal instrument of US foreign policy. Such a foreign policy will allow many developing countries to become financially self-sufficient, help to eliminate hunger and poverty, and contribute to a flourishing global trade in a more prosperous and harmonious family of nations.
Source:, ĎWhat Hagelin will doí Apr 1, 2000

Maintain nuclear non-proliferation and maintain ABM Treaty

Source: 2000 NPAT Jan 13, 2000

Present military spending is politically motivated

Iím definitely for spending on military, but I think a lot of our military spending is actually politically motivated. There are expensive weapon systems that the Pentagon doesnít even want, but they bring jobs to a particular Congressmanís area, and that Congressman on that particular expenditure committee gets good money from those special interest groups.
Source: Jim Bohannon Show, Westwood One radio Nov 16, 1999

High-tech weaponry is unstoppable

There is no viable defense against todayís high-tech weaponry. Once a single MIRVed ICBM is launched, there is no missile system in place that can prevent the wide-scale destruction of cities. Even after substantial reductions in global arsenals, thousands of nuclear weapons are known to be missing from the former Soviet arsenal, and recent nuclear tests in China have stirred fears in the international community of runaway nuclear proliferation.
Source: ďA Reason to VoteĒ Dec 6, 1995

Peace treaties donít last

Unfortunately history shows that neither treaties nor threat of arms can ensure lasting peace and security. When stress builds up in collective consciousness, inevitably it erupts as violence, conflict, and war among nations. Then it doesnít matter what treaty has been signed. Over the past three thousand years there have been more than five thousand peace treaties, each of which has lasted an average of nine years.
Source: ďA Reason to VoteĒ Dec 6, 1995

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