Peace and Diplomacy
"Many wars have been avoided by patience and many have been precipitated by reckless haste." -- Adlai Stevenson
We are global citizens in a nuclear age, and so must live in peace and harmony with our neighbors. To this end, we must depend on the diplomatic skills of our State Department and our Congress.
We must hone our negotiating skills to participate effectively in increasingly oppositional international relations. We must try to stop regional conflicts before they become global conflagrations. There can be no World War III.
Apart from expecting that our own government institutions operate under the dictates of diplomacy and the specter of war, the Democratic Party should devote itself to a strong and meaningful United Nations, led by the intelligence and restraint of the United States. We demand that the Democratic Party renew its focus on diplomacy at home and abroad and that it function as a leader in both areas. Too often we have not shown the patience to avoid war, but rather the reckless haste that brings it on.