In a broad coalition letter to President Trump and Joe Biden, WAND urges for major reform to U.S. foreign policy. It is necessary to shift our foreign policy approach from a militarized global response that has distorted our national security spending priorities and toxified our political discourse, to policies that adequately prepare us for growing transnational threats that do not have military solutions.
Rather than engaging in endless wars that have muddled our foreign policy objectives, lost countless lives and displaced people, increased global instability, and violated American civil liberties and human rights, the U.S. approach to international relations needs to shift to one where the U.S. abides by international law and utilizes our military solely for the defense of the people of our country.
Some measures that will begin this process are:
Repealing the 2001 AUMF and respecting congressional war powers,
Reducing the Pentagon budget,
Finding diplomatic solutions to our engagement with Iran and North Korea,
Supporting a just resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,
Opposing regime-change interventions and broad-based sanctions,
Rejecting discriminatory immigration policies and supporting refugees,
Ending support for governments that violate human rights, and
Prioritizing diplomacy and avoid militarizing our relations with other powers such as Russia and China.