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Rahm Emanuel on Foreign Policy

Democratic Rep. (IL-5); Chief of Staff-Designee

 


The less said on Cuba, the better

Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel told journalists that it is the Cuban American community President Obama is interested in. Cubans with the right to vote, due to their heritage in the state of Florida, 3 to 1 voted for the Democratic candidate. Obama is not interested in the almost 12 million Cubans who live on the island. When the man closest to the president was asked who he supported in Cuba he declined to elaborate, saying the less said on Cuba, the better.

[Emanuel] announced Cuban Americans will be permitted to travel to Cuba and to send remittances. But he did not even mention US citizens' right to travel [to Cuba]. The Cuban Adjustment Act and the blockade deserved no comments from him.

Source: Obama and the Empire, by Fidel Castro, p. 24 , Feb 5, 2009

Build new arrangements for the new economic era

Throughout American history, the sudden arrival of a new economic era has led--after a painful transition--to a new set of arrangements to meet the era's new challenges. The challenges of the new economic era we now confront are every bit as wrenching as the Great Depression and the Civil War.

Our failure to recognize the need for new arrangements is not only costly, but dangerous. When totalitarian communism threatened our security after WWII, we created new institutions and arrangement to meet the new threats: the UN, NATO, and the Marshall Plan. Yet today, in a war against a decentralized enemy, when friends are more important than ever, we've abandoned old arrangements and refused to build others in their place.

We cannot bring back the stability of a more tranquil era. But we ought to be able to make this era secure enough and rewarding enough to restore our faith in progress--and to make that progress happen.

Source: The Plan, by Rahm Emanuel, p. 41-42 , Jan 5, 2009

Voted YES on cooperating with India as a nuclear power.

Congressional Summary:US-India Nuclear Cooperation Approval and Nonproliferation Enhancement Act:

Proponent's argument to vote Yes:Rep. HOWARD BERMAN (D, CA-28): Integrating India into a global nonproliferation regime is a positive step. Before anyone gets too sanctimonious about India's nuclear weapons program, we should acknowledge that the five recognized nuclear weapons states have not done nearly enough to fulfill their commitments under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, including making serious reductions in their own arsenals, nor in the case of the US in ratifying the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.

Opponent's argument to vote No:Rep. BARBARA LEE (D, CA-9): In withholding my approval, I seek not to penalize the people of India but, rather, to affirm the principle of nuclear nonproliferation. Jettisoning adherence to the international nuclear nonproliferation framework that has served the world so well for more than 30 years, as approval of the agreement before us would do, is just simply unwise. It is also reckless.

Approval of this agreement undermines our efforts to dissuade countries like Iran and North Korea from developing nuclear weapons. By approving this agreement, all we are doing is creating incentives for other countries to withdraw from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

Reference: US-India Nuclear Agreement; Bill HR.7081 ; vote number 2008-H662 on Sep 27, 2008

Voted NO on deterring foreign arms transfers to China.

To authorize measures to deter arms transfers by foreign countries to the People's Republic of China, A YES vote would grant the President the ability to place sanctions on any individual or country that violates the arms embargo, including:
Reference: East Asia Security Act; Bill HR 3100 ; vote number 2005-374 on Jul 14, 2005

Voted NO on reforming the UN by restricting US funding.

To reform the United Nations, by limiting the US contribution to the UN by up to one-half by the year 2007, if the following reforms are not made:
Reference: United Nations Reform Act; Bill HR 2745 ; vote number 2005-282 on Jun 17, 2005

Progressive Internationalism: globalize with US pre-eminence.

Emanuel adopted the manifesto, "A New Agenda for the New Decade":

Build a Public Consensus Supporting US Global Leadership
The internationalist outlook that served America and the world so well during the second half of the 20th century is under attack from both ends of the political spectrum. As the left has gravitated toward protectionism, many on the right have reverted to “America First” isolationism.

Our leaders should articulate a progressive internationalism based on the new realities of the Information Age: globalization, democracy, American pre-eminence, and the rise of a new array of threats ranging from regional and ethnic conflicts to the spread of missiles and biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons. This approach recognizes the need to revamp, while continuing to rely on, multilateral alliances that advance U.S. values and interests.

A strong, technologically superior defense is the foundation for US global leadership. Yet the US continues to employ defense strategies, military missions, and force structures left over from the Cold War, creating a defense establishment that is ill-prepared to meet new threats to our security. The US must speed up the “revolution in military affairs” that uses our technological advantage to project force in many different contingencies involving uncertain and rapidly changing security threats -- including terrorism and information warfare.

Source: The Hyde Park Declaration 00-DLC12 on Aug 1, 2000

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