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Haley Barbour on Foreign Policy

Former Republican MS Governor (until 2012)


Fund defense budget & support NATO

    The underlying principles for US foreign policy must be translated clear-cut objectives:
  1. The US will take all necessary measures to prevent the proliferation and threat or use of WMD.
  2. The US will adequately fund its defense budget and stop the erosion of our military capability.
  3. The US will not risk lives unless it is unequivocally in the American national interest to do so; with US forces under US or NATO command, not under UN command.
  4. Support NATO as the most effective mechanism for collective security in the world.
  5. Membership in NATO and the UN will not prevent the US from taking necessary political and/or military action.
  6. Promote increases economic opportunities for Americans to do business in Central and Eastern Europe.
  7. No longer accept uneven trading relationships with countries that do not grant US businesses access.
  8. Economic and political support for emerging democracies.
  9. Clear and forceful regional policies based on US national security interests.
Source: Agenda For America, by Haley Barbour, p.167-172 , Apr 25, 1996

Political leadership; economic strength; military power

US foreign policy must rest on 3 principles of peace through strength:
  1. Political leadership: The US must once again be prepared to exercise leadership across the full spectrum of international relations. It can do so through bilateral or multilateral cooperation with other democracies or organizations, where appropriate. But if that is not possible, the US must be prepared to act on its own.
  2. Economic strength: The US has the world's most free, most prosperous, and most technologically advanced economy. That preeminence must be maintained notwithstanding intense foreign competition, often government subsidized, in every world market.
  3. Military power: The US must provide the resources necessary to protect its territory and interests, and those of its allies. Our fundamental requirement is a strong, competent, and effective military, not only to prevail militarily when in our country's interest, but more fundamentally to dissuade potential adversaries from challenging the US.
Source: Agenda For America, by Haley Barbour, p.166 , Apr 25, 1996

Russian return to imperial activity would be tragic mistake

The future of Russia will be determined by the Russians themselves. Therefore, we favor a sober, practical view of Russia's possible future--and a US military capability to match that more realistic view. But instead of this realism, the Clinton administration holds a romanticized view of the Russian Federation and its leadership, largely driven by the theoreticians at the Department of State. Even as Russian troops crashed the cities of Chechnya, President Clinton traveled to Moscow to stand arm-in-arm with President Yeltsin. Such displays are contrary to the interests of spreading democracy and ties to the West within the former Soviet Union and in Central and Eastern Europe. We favor a policy that leaves no doubt in the mind of any Russian leader that a return of Russia's imperial activity against its neighbors, or a resolution of military competition with the US, would be a tragic mistake.
Source: Agenda For America, by Haley Barbour, p.173 , Apr 25, 1996

Move US embassy to Jerusalem & recognize Israeli sovereignty

Two particularly controversial aspects of the Arab-Israeli conflict--Jerusalem and aid to Palestine--require special note. The US government has for over 40 years withheld recognition of Jerusalem as sovereign Israel territory; the time has come to end this legalistic timidity for it only encourages some enemies of Israel to think they can still claim the whole of Jerusalem. Moving the US embassy to Jerusalem is a good first step toward ending this illusion.

Second, the US government has pledged to help Yasir Arafat's Palestinian Authority with money and other assistance; but such assistance should only be forthcoming if the authority lives up to its many agreements with Israel (and especially the promise to crack down on violence against Israelis).

Source: Agenda For America, by Haley Barbour, p.268-269 , Apr 25, 1996

Fund defense budget & support NATO

    The underlying principles for US foreign policy must be translated clear-cut objectives:
  1. The US will take all necessary measures to prevent the proliferation and threat or use of WMD.
  2. The US will adequately fund its defense budget and stop the erosion of our military capability.
  3. The US will not risk lives unless it is unequivocally in the American national interest to do so; with US forces under US or NATO command, not under UN command.
  4. Support NATO as the most effective mechanism for collective security in the world.
  5. Membership in NATO and the UN will not prevent the US from taking necessary political and/or military action.
  6. Promote increases economic opportunities for Americans to do business in Central and Eastern Europe.
  7. No longer accept uneven trading relationships with countries that do not grant US businesses access.
  8. Economic and political support for emerging democracies.
  9. Clear and forceful regional policies based on US national security interests.
Source: Agenda For America, by Haley Barbour, p.167-172 , Apr 25, 1996

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Thad Cochran

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