"Daschle: ‘New Paradigm’ Of Foreign Policy Links Global Poverty With Security"
Today, the ONE Campaign launched ONE Vote ’08, which will push presidential candidates to “make the fight against global poverty a key foreign policy and security issue.” ONE Vote ’08 plans to spend at least $30 million to educate voters on the fight against global poverty. Watch the campaign video featuring U2’s Bono, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, actor Matt Damon, and others:
Today, ThinkProgress attended a briefing with the ONE Vote ’08 co-chairs, former Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle (D-SD) and Bill Frist (R-TN), along with advisers Michael Gerson and John Podesta. All participants stressed that the fight against global poverty is necessary to ensure America’s national security. Daschle stated that the “new paradigm” of national security extends beyond military power:
[W]e really can’t simply respond to suicide bombers and think somehow that alone will be the investment in national security that we need for the future. That a new paradigm with a realization that there is a direct impact between our success on the ground in Uganda and our safety and security in the United States can be drawn.
As it stands today, even the United States’s closest allies are severely hostile toward U.S. leadership. According to a recent poll, 10 out of 15 countries surveyed believe that United States cannot be trusted to “act responsibly in the world.” All 15 of those countries reject the idea that “as the sole remaining superpower, the US should continue to be the preeminent world leader in solving international problems.” Similarly, global opinions of the United States have slipped considerably since 2000.
Find out more about ONE Vote ’08 HERE.
DASCHLE: I think we’re evolving into a new paradigm, and that new paradigm is, in large measure, based on the realization that a real proactive effort to bring stability and greater tranquility to the world, is going to be dependent on our success in dealing with global poverty and the spread of disease.
That we really can’t simply respond to suicide bombers and think somehow that alone will be the investment in national security that we need for the future. That a new paradigm with a realization that there is a direct impact between our success on the ground in Uganda and our safety and security in the United States can be drawn.
And we’re going to try to draw it as explicitly as we can, because that is a part. So it is an investment in security, it’s an investment in world stability, and ultimately it’s an investment in America’s long-term future, just as it is in the future of other countries.