Fooled again? Ocasio- Cortez on foreign plolicy.
There is understandable interest in Ms. Ocasio-Cortez. In particular people want to know her positions on foreign policy.
It has been said that she is silent on the topic,and that this means she condones US imperialism. The issue was muddled by the disappearance of the "peace economy" plank from her platform,noted by S. Khan and reported here by Wendy Davis.
We were left with a tearsheet of bullet points relayed by Benny from a Jeff Stein post.
There foreign policy is reduced to a single phrase.
"Peace Economy - that supports our veterans and actively values all humanity"
Ms Ocasio- Cortex responded to S. Khan's question, saying she would "get to the bottom" of the mystery of the missing peace plank. It is back up on her site this morning. People can read it here and judge for themselves how much it is worth.
A Peace Economy
Since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the United States has entangled itself in war and occupation throughout the Middle East and North Africa. As of 2018, we are currently involved in military action in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia. Hundreds of thousands of civilians in these countries have been killed either as collateral damage from American strikes or from the instability caused by U.S. interventions. Millions more have fled their broken countries, contributing to the global refugee crisis.
This continued action damages America’s legitimacy as a force for good, creates new generations of potential terrorists, and erodes American prosperity. In times when we’re told that there’s not enough money, Republicans and corporate Democrats seem to find the cash to fund a $1.1 trillion fighter jet program or a $1.7 trillion-dollar nuclear weapon “modernization” program. The costs are extreme: the Pentagon’s budget for 2018 is $700 billion dollars: to continue fighting an endless War on Terror and refighting the Cold War with a new arms race that nobody can win.
According to the Constitution, the right to declare war belongs to the legislative body, and yet many of these global acts of aggression have never once been voted on by Congress. In some cases, we've even acted unilaterally, without the backing of the United Nations.
America should not be in the business of destabilizing countries. While we may see ourselves as liberators, the world increasingly views us as occupiers and aggressors. Alexandria believes that we must end the "forever war" by bringing our troops home, and ending the air strikes that perpetuate the cycle of terrorism throughout the world.
By bringing our troops home, we can begin to heal the wounds we're opening by continuing military engagement. We can begin to repair our image. We can reunite military families, separated by repeated deployments. We can become stronger by building stronger diplomatic and economic ties, and by saving our armed forces only for when they're truly needed.
I find Ms. Ocasio's willingness to endorse whomever the Dems run in 2020 very troubling,but that is another topic. I have expressed those concerns elsewhere. Those interested might listen to her CNN interview,again posted by Wendy Davis.
edit. reordered text for clarity