Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Securing America: Wes Clark's New Website

Wes Clark, the reason why I registered as a Democrat during the 2004 primaries, has a new website- Securing America. Obviously I'm very siked by the title that Gen. Clark chose for the site- it's a very simple frame that I believe should be one of the centerpieces of the Democratic message to America. The website also includes the new WesBlog.
This is from the initial post:
America today is at a crossroads. Both at home and abroad, our security and values are being challenged. And while technology and the globalization of capital present many opportunities, we also face many threats. America needs a new vision for itself in order to deal with its challenges and make the most of its opportunities.

The evolving global economy is making it harder for America to maintain its economic preeminence in the world and threatens Americans' ability to compete for the best jobs. The threats to our physical safety and national security are greater now than they have been during any period since the end of the Second World War. We need a strategy to cope with these threats and to maximize our opportunities.

Poverty, ignorance and desperation are feeding the wellspring of hatred against America and the values for which we stand. Many people perceive Americans as rich, as arrogant and as uncaring. Unfortunately, this Administration has done more to feed in to that stereotype than to dispel it. As a nation, we must show the world the formula that will save them from their oppression and save the world from endless wars. It's an American formula. It's the formula of freedom, opportunity and equality. We need a new vision for ourselves and our place in the world for the 21st century.

Part of our new vision for America is new strategy for national defense. So far, this administration's strategy hasn't been productive.

Osama Bin Laden is still on the loose, Pakistan has nuclear weapons, and the middle east remains unstable. These challenges demand a new vision for America.

Wes also outlines his strategy for dealing with China and lays out his domestic priorities as well:

1. A strong base with Europe. We need to strengthen our relations with Europe through NATO.

2. We've got to have strong international institutions. We have a lot of work to do with the United Nations for them to meet the needs that we will put on it over the next 30 years.

3. We need to cultivate and nurture our working relationship with India to produce a balance to China. India after all is the largest democracy in the world.

Here at home we need to move forward with higher quality education, health care that is affordable, environmental regulations to help protect the beauty of our environment so that this is a country that people want to live in years from now, and investments in science and technologies so that we can continue to produce innovative products that will keep us at the forefront economically.

Making a successful strategy a reality will take all of us working together bravely and in the face of adversity. We must remember that nothing less the future and quality of life we leave our children and their children is at stake. I make this call to action because no one man can do all the work needed to make a more secure America. I need your help.

There's nothing and nobody I would like to help more...