Cuban embargo, a shameful relic of cold war, has just ended. Yet "economic sanctions" are widely used as political weapon against anyone who dares to challenge US dictate (Russia, Iran, Venezuela). US should stop wielding this cudgel, and its interventionist policies worldwide that bring ever more disasters - from Afghanistan to Iraq, Libya, Syria, Ukraine and on.
Build Peace: Most unrest in the world is due to economic problems. Well designed sustainable communities connected by smart transportation can solve these economic problems. The US can direct its foreign aid and UN partners to build such prototype living systems in areas such as Palestine and North Korea. Economic problems will be solved, peace will be achieved while establishing a template for sustainable development for the rest of the world.
Recognizing that our governments' surveillance and covert/overt military actions around the globe are undertaken to support our lifestyles, We The People need to step up. Require a publicly transparent investigation into exactly what the impact of removing troops, spies and surveillance from each country would be, and exactly what the cost to each of us would be given the current economic structure. Then we can begin a serious discourse about the costs of peace, and vote on that.
Support the nations in Africa that share our values and DON'T support the nations that don't share our values. Countries that strive to help their citizens and respect their rights should get great financial help. But countries like Swaziland or Zimbabwe that refuse to allow freedoms for their citizens should not receive the financial gifts they receive today.
can anyone or any group REALLY oversee what the military are up to? How do the people regain any degree of control over the military budget, over military engagements, etc. I also think we should pay our soldiers decent salaries instead of hiring mercenaries (private companies). Thank you. Denise Forant, Oakland, CA.
create a Cabinet level department of Peacebuilding that utilizes the new and beginning to be used conflict resolution energies in schools,communities, prisons, and extend them to our Foreign Policy interface with other countries needing them. And with $10,000,000,000, of ours and others money, establish 5 permanent sites around the world dedicated solely to disarmament until that goal is achieved. we deserve no less.
Defense contractors help ensure the funding of military procurements, needed or not by distributing the contracting and sub-contracting of defense contracts over hundreds of Congressional Districts. This creates pressure on members of Congress to vote for funding irrespective of authentic military value. One way to mitigate this distortion would be to limit the contracting and sub-contracting of defense procurement contracts to no more than 100 Congressional Districts per contract.
The United States Navy should be building smaller aircraft carriers like the French, Charles de Gaulle, or 45,000 ton aircraft carriers. With the advent of the F-35B fighter aircraft, the Navy doesn't really need to build 100,000 ton Nimitz class aircraft carriers; or have the need for having catapults. The F-35B just needs a small flight deck to operate from . Thus reducing the size of the aircraft carriers even further.
Increase the number of unskilled/low-skilled immigration visas to 100,000/yr. (It is currently 5,000/year for ALL countries combined, which makes legal entry completely unfeasible for most of those who are willing to come here for the jobs few others want, fails to satisfy US labor demands, and creates a more easily exploitable group of workers). Stop spending hundreds of billions of dollars to keep out workers who benefit our economy.
The cost of US diplomatic operations needs to be trimmed. The effectiveness of officers needs to be increased. More regional embassies or regional offices within embassies is a viable way to cut costs. Two year stints of embassy personnel prevents the attainment of true regional or country specific expertise. This endless transferring is costly. Expertise is at best a gloss. As our recent history has shown, our lack of in-depth understanding of cultures has led us to costly blunders
LARGEST FOREIGN ASSISTANCE TO LOWEST-CARBON NATIONS: The U.S. and other wealthy nations should contribute their greatest foreign assistance in money and in kind to the lowest-carbon-footprint nations, e.g. Cuba, North Korea, and most African countries, as a matter of "carbon justice" and to materially improve their people's standard of living while enabling them to preserve the rainforests and biodiversity essential to keeping the earth climate-stable and environmentally healthy.