Statement: The Status Quo Is Broken. We Need a Foreign Policy for the 21st Century
Last Updated on March 28, 2022.
WASHINGTON — Win Without War Executive Director Sara Haghdoosti released the following statement regarding the introduction of Rep. Pramila Jayapal and Barbara Lee’s Foreign Policy for the 21st Century Resolution:
“Our foreign policy is broken. For the past twenty years, we have waged multiple catastrophic wars, poured near-limitless resources into the bloated coffers of the Pentagon, sold billions of dollars in weaponry to repressive human rights abusers, and suffocated entire countries through broad-based sanctions. What has this done for everyday people, here or abroad?
“While the status quo has served the interests of the weapons industry well, it has directly undermined the safety of people across the nation, and world. Pandemics, climate crisis, mass inequality, nuclear arms races, attacks on democracy — these are the grave security threats of our time, and not one can be addressed through weapons and war.
“It’s time for a new approach to foreign policy. The Foreign Policy for the 21st Century Resolution, introduced by Reps. Jayapal and Lee, sets out exactly the vision we need.
“The Foreign Policy for the 21st Century Resolution calls for the United States to make foreign policy work for everyday people by reining in presidential war power, righting our broken budget priorities, limiting arms sales to human rights abusers, ending the use of deadly broad-based sanctions, transforming the rules of the global economy to put working people and the planet first, confronting the threat of climate crisis through a globally just transition, and more.
“This bill is not the end of the conversation on progressive foreign policy, but the beginning of it. We are proud to endorse this bold step toward a world of justice, equality, and security for all.”
Win Without War is a diverse network of activists and national organizations working for progressive foreign policy in the United States.January 19, 2022