Foreign policy overview

Despite the self-serving canards of intelligence agencies, U.S. national security benefits more from respecting and promoting human rights than from promoting the interests of U.S. businesses or military branches. This is the essence of smart power, as distinguished from the dumb power paradigm that emphasizes military belligerance and marginalizes diplomacy.

Our military interventions abroad also undermine U.S. national security in the long-term, particularly by exacerbating the climate crisis.

Speaker Pelosi shifted her position to support the Yemen war powers resolution at the precise time that our campaign team and volunteers were mobilizing at her office in solidarity with local activists. In Congress, I’ll continue my 20 year history of challenging militarism, especially by seeking reforms to limit wasteful, fraudulent, and abusive military contracts.

Specific actions

I look forward to not only expanding "the Squad" in Congress, but also adding depth to its analysis of foreign policy, constitutional, and civil liberties issues.

  • Rejoining the Paris accords. Only multilateral solutions to the climate crisis have any hope of success. The climate crisis is a global problem requiring international solutions.
  • Rejoining the Iran nuclear deal to de-escalate tension and prevent nuclear proliferation. A foreign policy grounded in diplomacy is far stronger—and smarter—than one based on belligerence.
  • Ending U.S. military support for foreign regimes that abuse human rights, from Saudi Arabia and Israel to the Philippines. U.S. national security is best advanced by defending human rights. Demonstrating our commitment to human rights has cultivated support for the U.S. among foreign populations, while human rights violations have undermined our diplomatic standing.
  • Textile tarrifs, ag subsidies, and weapons for dictators all fuel terrorism. I wrote an article over a decade ago explaining how intersectional opportunities to advance U.S national security have fallen on the shoals of the interests of several domestic industrial complexes. The relationship, in particular, between corporate agricultural subsidies and terror, remains widely underappreciated.
  • Stepping out of the 5 Eyes international surveillance framework. The 5 Eyes are a consortium of allied governments committed to abusing the rights of their citizens despite warnings from authorities including at the U.N. that mass surveillance constitutes an abuse of human rights.