Statement of Bipartisan Principles

Why are we pulling apart when we need to pull together?

Sixty years ago, a great generation of Americans came together to build a better world from the ashes of war. Republicans and Democrats cooperated in supporting a bipartisan foreign policy to protect the American people against a powerful, long-term threat to our national security. Today, a new long-term global peril faces our country. But growing partisan bitterness is derailing substantive discussion and vigorous debate on national security issues.

We the undersigned, Republicans and Democrats alike, believe that Americans must again come together to make our country, and our world, safer. We call for the reestablishment of the bipartisan center in American foreign and national security policy based on our shared American values. We believe:

America must be strong to be secure. Our government must work tirelessly to bring terrorists to justice and break up and destroy terrorist networks. But while our strength and security are measured partly by our military might and the courage of our men and women in uniform, they are also enhanced by our unfailing commitment to democracy, justice, and civil liberties both at home and abroad.

America must always be ready to act alone when its security interests are threatened. But building strong alliances based on mutual respect and shared challenges, including working to renew and reform the United Nations, will make us more able to protect America’s interests.

America is not adequately protected from the spread and use of deadly nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. We must expand efforts to secure existing stockpiles of weapons materials in Russia and elsewhere, take all necessary steps to make sure that such weapons do not fall into the wrong hands, and use all effective means to discourage and deter countries from acquiring or using these weapons.

Our local emergency responders, public health officials, border patrol, and coast guard must be given the resources they need to prevent and respond effectively to terrorist attacks on US soil.

America’s growing federal debt directly threatens our national security and must be controlled by urgent bipartisan action.

America must invest far more in energy efficiency and alternative energy technologies to help improve our security, create new jobs, and clean up our environment.

America and our allies must address global poverty, disease, and under-development in a far more aggressive and comprehensive manner to build a safer and more secure future for all Americans and all people.

We invite all Americans who share these views to join us today by signing the Partnership for a Secure America pledge.

Signatories

Warren Rudman, US Senator (R-NH) 1980-92
Lee Hamilton, US Congressman (D-IN) 1965-99, Vice Chair, 9/11 Commission
Madeleine Albright, Secretary of State 1997-2001
Howard Baker, US Senator (R-TN) 1967-85
Samuel Berger, National Security Advisor 1997-2000
Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Advisor 1977-81
Warren Christopher, Secretary of State 1993-97
Jack Danforth, US Senator (R-MO) 1976-95
Lawrence Eagleburger, Secretary of State 1992-93
Gary Hart, US Senator (D-CO) 1975-87
Rita Hauser, Chair International Peace Academy 1992-present
Carla Hills, US Trade Representative 1989-93
Richard Holbrooke, Ambassador to UN 1999-2001
Nancy Kassebaum Baker, US Senator (R-KS) 1978-1997
Thomas Kean, Governor of NJ 1982-1990, Chairman, 9/11 Commission
Anthony Lake, National Security Advisor 1993-97
Robert McFarlane, National Security Advisor 1983-85
Donald McHenry, Ambassador to UN 1979-81
Sam Nunn, US Senator (D-GA) 1972-96
William Perry, Secretary of Defense 1994-97
Thomas Pickering, Undersecretary of State 1997-2000
Ted Sorensen, White House Special Counsel 1961-63
William F. Weld, Governor of Massachusetts 1991-97
John C. Whitehead, Deputy Secretary of State 1985-89