Primer on Foreign Policy for Candidates Published

By RootsAction Education Fund, January 5, 2022

RootsAction Education Fund has published a Primer on Foreign Policy for U.S. Congressional Candidates.

Congressional candidates often have little or nothing to say about foreign policy, and a lot of them have a surprising reason when asked: they say that they don’t know anything about it.

Some of them seem to be telling the truth, and others who don’t explain themselves may also lack knowledge of foreign policy.

Even some candidates who do know something about foreign policy don’t know enough, while others have positions that should really be corrected.

The primer has just been made public on a website and downloadable as a PDF.

“With over half of federal discretionary spending (the money spent at the discretion of the U.S. Congress) annually going into military spending,” said David Swanson, author of the primer, “there seems to be a real gap in need of filling when we look at lengthy candidate platforms that give no indication that foreign policy exists.”

1 thought on “Primer on Foreign Policy for Candidates Published”

  1. From Mondaire Jones:

    “Meanwhile, the Trump administration has gutted funding for the State Department and USAID, making the United States less able to lead on diplomatic and humanitarian efforts to address our world’s biggest challenges. As a member of Congress, I will push to reduce military spending and reinvest this money in the State Department, to strengthen diplomacy and peacebuilding, as well as domestically, in programs that meet the needs of our civilian population. I will fight to prioritize investment in human security approaches, which focus on meeting the human needs of people and protecting our environment.”

    If you ever come into contact with Congressman Jones, you might want to enlighten him about the true purpose of the State department and CIA cutouts like USAID and NED. “…diplomatic and humanitarian…diplomacy and peacebuilding…” are the furthest things from their minds. There’s not one elected official on the national level that want to really challenge the blob, up to and including Sanders and The Squad.

    I hope you don’t take this as a criticism of you and the wonderful and necessary work you’ve been doing for so long. I recently donated to your organization and will continue to do so. It’s not as much as I would like, and I apologize for that. Local food banks and other charities dilute the already limited impact my lowly donations make. I’m not wealthy. Thank you for all that you do.

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