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John Hagelin on Foreign Policy

2000 Natural Law Party Nominee for President


Shift foreign aid from military basis to know-how basis

Source: 2000 National Political Awareness Test , Jan 13, 2000

Pay debt to UN; diplomacy with Cuba

Source: 2000 National Political Awareness Test , Jan 13, 2000

Change from defense-based foreign aid to development-based

The US is feared by every country because we’ve become the largest exporter of weapons in the world. Our foreign aid is two-thirds military aid, redeemable as coupons to our arms manufacturers for weapons. It’s an inside-the-beltway deal, a way for our government to finance the defense industries by giving aid which is in terms of weapons. I’d turn our foreign policy toward the export of US know-how that can get developing countries on their own two feet.
Source: Washington Journal, C-SPAN , Sep 5, 1999

US is the merchant of death through arms sales

By exporting a legacy of death we have created the seed of resentment in the world. It’s for this reason that we have become the principle target of terrorism in the world. It’s not because we stand for freedom, it’s not because we stand for democracy, but because we are the largest exporters of the most advanced and deadly weapons. These are weapons designed to maim, indiscriminately, men, women, and children. We arm both sides of regional conflicts.
Source: Natural Law Party National Convention , Aug 24, 1996

US needs life-supporting foreign policy.

We need to shift toward a more life-supporting foreign policy to provide a more prosperous and harmonious world family. We’d be beneficiaries of this because, rather than having to support many nations, we’d become dynamic trade partners and reap the fruit of goodwill, preventing the birth of an enemy everywhere. We’d also get a peace dividend at home.
Source: Natural Law Party National Convention , Aug 24, 1996

Peace-keeping technology needed, without guns.

We should have a true peace-keeping force, equipped with technology to create a tangible influence of peace instead of just marching around carrying rifles. Perhaps you can keep a lid on the violence with rifles while you’re there, but the moment you leave, if anything you’ve contributed to the tensions in the area, and inevitably the violence will re-erupt.
Source: Natural Law Party National Convention , Aug 24, 1996

Bring troops home; defend from within our borders

We are living in a shrinking world, like it or not. In our information-based society, the world is getting smaller and smaller. I don’t think that we can withdraw from it, that we can bring our troops home and keep them on the border. The best way to protect the country is to prevent an enemy from arising through a foreign policy that’s more life-supporting.
Source: America the Beautiful RealAudio Webcast , Jul 2, 1996

Full diplomatic relations with China, but not with Taiwan

Source: 2000 National Political Awareness Test , Jan 13, 2000

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