Bipartisan Policy Statements

Working with top national security leaders from both sides of the aisle, PSA’s bipartisan policy statements promote common-ground approaches to critical issues at the forefront of national security and foreign policy. These statements help create the bipartisan ‘safe space’ for building consensus among Democrats and Republicans.

Energy Independence

 

America’s Achilles Heel…

…Is Our Dangerous Dependence on Oil

America’s overdependence on foreign oil is costing American lives, bankrolling many of our worst enemies, and polluting our air.

The time has come for dramatic bipartisan action to address our nation’s Achilles heel — our dangerous dependency on oil. We must reduce our vulnerability to high oil prices and supply disruptions, and address the dangers of climate change resulting from energy-related greenhouse gas emissions.

The President’s plan outlined in the State of the Union address was a step in the right direction, but far more needs to be done by the President and Congress to set and achieve new targets for our energy security. We call on members of Congress from both parties and the President to work together to launch a new “Manhattan Project” to deploy and promote cleaner alternative energy sources and increase energy efficiency. Our efforts must match the magnitude of the challenge we face. Specifically, we must:

Set ambitious goals. Commit to a national oil consumption reduction target of 10% by 2015 and 20% by 2025.

Reinvent our Vehicles. Promote the development and implementation of fuel saving technologies.

  • Provide substantial incentives to help automakers retool factories to build more efficient vehicles.
  • Provide $1.4 billion over six years for research, development, deployment, testing, and certification that would speed commercialization of advanced technologies such as plug-in hybrids and stronger lightweight materials.
  • Expand the consumer tax credit for the purchase of vehicles that use fuel saving technology.
  • Your browser may not support display of this image. Significantly strengthen vehicle fuel efficiency standards and establish standards for heavy duty trucks. Allow manufacturers to trade fuel economy credits.

Increase Fuel Choice. Ramp up commercialization of alternative fuels.

  • Invest an additional $1 billion over the next five years in research and production incentives for cellulosic biofuels.
  • Your browser may not support display of this image. Create a program that would provide tax credits, low interest loans, and grants to support the installation of alternative fuel pumps.
  • Require that most new vehicles be flex fuel capable by 2012.
  • Provide substantial funding for efforts that expand electric drive technologies for automobiles.

These common sense measures will grow our economy, protect our environment, and enhance our security.

Our children’s lives and the future of our country depend on our making wise choices today about our energy security for tomorrow. The time to act is now.

 

Signatories

Howard Baker, US Senator (R-TN) 1967-85
Warren Christopher, Secretary of State 1993-1997
Lee Hamilton, US Congressman (D-IN) 1965-99
Gary Hart, US Senator (D-CO) 1975-87
Rita Hauser, Chair, International Peace Academy
Anthony Lake, National Security Advisor 1993-97
John Lehman, Secretary of the Navy 1981-87
Richard C. Leone, President, The Century Foundation
Robert McFarlane, National Security Advisor 1983-85
Donald McHenry, Ambassador to UN 1979-81
Warren Rudman, US Senator (R-NH) 1980-92
Ted Sorenson, White House Special Counsel 1961-63
John C. Whitehead, Deputy Secretary of State 1985-88

Frank Wisner, Undersecretary of State 1992-93

 

Darfur Action Now

Now is the time for our President, our country, and the international community to match strong words with decisive action.

Now is the time for the President to work with Russia, China, and members of the Arab League to compel Sudan to accept a UN peacekeeping force.

Now is the time to impose a NATO-led no-fly zone over the Darfur region, expand sanctions on Sudanese government officials, freeze Sudan’s assets abroad, and block its oil exports.

If these measures do not make it possible to quickly deploy a UN force and halt the genocide, a NATO-led intervention must be seriously considered.

Now is the time for leadership and bold action.

The world can no longer stand idly by

 

Signatories

Warren Rudman, US Senator (R-NH) 1980-92
Lee Hamilton, US Congressman (D-IN) 1965-99, Vice Chair, 9/11 Commission
Howard Baker, US Senator (R-TN) 1967-85
Samuel Berger, National Security Advisor 1997-2000
Zbigniew Brzezinksi, National Security Advisor 1977-81
Warren Christopher Secretary of State 1993-97
Slade Gorton, US Senator (R-WA) 1981-87, 1989-2001, Commissioner, 9/11 Commission
Gary Hart, US Senator (D-CO) 1975-87
Carla Hills, US Trade Representative 1989-93
Nancy Kassebaum Baker, US Senator (R-KS) 1978-97
Thomas Kean, Governor New Jersey 1982-1990, Chairman, 9/11 Commission
Anthony Lake, National Security Advisor 1993-97
John Lehman, Secretary of the Navy 1981-87, Commissioner, 9/11 Commission
Richard C. Leone, President, The Century Foundation 1989-present
Robert McFarlane, National Security Advisor 1983-85
Sam Nunn, US Senator (D-GA) 1972-96
Thomas Pickering, Undersecretary of State 1997-2000
John C. Whitehead, Deputy Secretary of State 1985-88
Frank Wisner, Undersecretary of State 1992-93

U.S. Dues and UN Reform

 

These bipartisan leaders agree that cutting funding won’t promote much needed change
America needs the United Nations to help make our world more secure and peaceful.  To realize its full potential, the United Nations badly needs reform and constructive American leadership.  We support the call for major reforms of the United Nations system, and urge America’s leaders to work even harder to build international support for its critical agenda.  But America cannot afford to to cut off funding for the United Nations at a time when our nation and the world need it more than ever.

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 1997-2000
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
Gary Hart, US Senator (D-CO) 1975-87
Rita Hauer, Chair, International Peace Academy 1992-present
Carla Hills, US Trade Representative 1989-93
Nancy Kassebaum Baker, US Senator 1978-97
Thomas Kean, Governor New Jersey 1982-90, Chairman, 9/11 Commission
Anthony Lake, National Security Advisory 1993-97
John Lehman, Secretary of the Navy 1981-87, Commissioner, 9/11 Commission
Richard C. Leone, President, The Century Foundation
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
John C. Whitehead, Deputy Secretary of State 1985-88
Frank Wisner, Undersecretary of State 1992-93

State of the Union: America Still Dangerously Vulnerable

 

While the war in Iraq remains at the center of America’s agenda, we must not lose sight of the ongoing terrorist threat to the American homeland. While the war in Iraq remains at the center of America’s agenda, we must not lose sight of the ongoing terrorist threat to the American homeland.

Two areas warrant our urgent focus as our leaders consider national security priorities for the New Year, and the President prepares for the State of the Union address:

First, a nuclear, chemical or biological weapon in the hands of a terrorist remains the single greatest threat to our nation. While progress has been made in securing these weapons and materials, we are still dangerously vulnerable. In the coming year we must:

• Elevate to the highest priority our efforts to secure loose nuclear materials at their source, including substantially increased resources for the Nunn-Lugar program and the elimination of counterproductive congressionally imposed certification requirements;

• Strengthen the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty and other arms control regimes;

• Make the security of dangerous pathogens and technologies a leading issue in bilateral and multilateral forums;

• Strengthen the Proliferation Security Initiative and other multilateral efforts to detect nuclear materials in transit;

• Invest in technologies and capabilities to detect nuclear materials crossing America’s borders, particularly through cargo containers; and

• Increase efforts to secure chemical facilities that use, produce or store toxic materials.

Second, more than four years after September 11th, we are not nearly as prepared as we must be to respond at home to another massive terrorist attack. In the coming year we must renew our commitment to homeland defense by:

• Allocating homeland security funds on the basis of risk, not politics;

• Providing part of the broadcast spectrum for public safety purposes as soon as possible;

• Adopting a unified incident command system so that someone is clearly in charge at the scene of a disaster;

• Reinvigorating FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to make it a world class emergency response operation;

• Improving cooperation between federal, state, and local governments; and

• Setting priorities and making hard choices about how we will protect our critical infrastructure and transportation system.

Addressing these urgent and pressing needs demands Presidential leadership and bipartisan congressional support. As we continue to prosecute the war in Iraq, we must not lose sight of the highest priority of government: the safety and security of the American people.

 

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
Warren Christopher, Secretary of State 1993-97
Slide Gorton, US Senator (R-WA) 1981-87, 1989-2001, Commissioner, 9/11 Commission
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) 1978-97
Thomas Kean, Governor New Jersey 1982-1990, Chairman, 9/11 Commission
Anthony Lake, National Security Advisor 1993-97
Richard C. Leone, President Century Foundation 1989-present
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
John C. Whitehead, Deputy Secretary of State 1985-88
Frank Wisner, Undersecretary of State 1992-93

Treatment of Prisoners

Cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of prisoners under American control makes us less safe, violates our nation’s values, damages America’s reputation in the world, and cannot be justified

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 1997-2001
Zbignew Brzezinski, National Security Advisor 1977-81
Warren Christopher, Secretary of State 1993-97
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) 1978-97
Thomas Kean, Governor New Jersey 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
John C. Whitehead, Deputy Secretary of State 1985-88
Frank Wisner, Undersecretary of State 1992-93

 

Addressing the Terrorist Threat

Terrorism violates the most basic human rights. It cannot be justified by any cause and must be universally condemned.

Terrorism is a tactic, not an enemy. The enemy of the United States and our allies is the people, organizations, and institutions that harness extremist Islamist and other ideologies to engage in and justify the killing of innocent civilians to achieve political, religious, or ideological objectives.

Neutralizing these violent extremists and countering the ideologies that sustain them is a fundamental challenge of our generation. We cannot succeed without thoughtful, creative, and multi-faceted approaches sustained over decades to come.

We the undersigned urge leaders from across the political spectrum to come together to develop a comprehensive bipartisan national strategy for addressing the terrorist threat based on the following principles:

No nation can successfully address the terrorist threat alone. Destroying terrorist networks and countering violent, extremist ideologies will require strong partnerships with allies based on mutual respect, shared interests and values, sustained coordinated action, effective engagement of the United Nations and other multilateral institutions, and the sacrifice and efforts of many people within many nations. America must work closely with our allies. Our allies must recognize that, in spite of past differences, outcomes in places like Iraq and Afghanistan will affect global security for decades to come, and we all must act toward a common purpose.

Forceful measures are necessary to eliminate terrorist networks. The ability to use force effectively must be enhanced by developing new strategies and new capabilities tailored for this effort.

But force alone will not be sufficient for addressing the terrorist threat and can be counter-productive when not part of a comprehensive, integrated, and long-term strategy for both eliminating terrorist networks and addressing the ideology that underpins their activities. This strategy must engage other nations and institutions, and integrate every appropriate means at our disposal — including public diplomacy, diplomacy, law enforcement, intelligence, foreign assistance, border security, homeland security, and financial measures.

Intelligence is a crucial tool in preventing terrorist attacks and hunting down and breaking up terrorist networks. To succeed, our intelligence agencies must effectively collect, share, analyze, and act upon information to keep pace with a nimble enemy. We must also cooperate with other intelligence services to track and disrupt an enemy that operates across the globe.

America and our allies must wage a far more vigorous campaign of ideas in the Islamic world and elsewhere based on our historic constitutional principles — and consistently live up to those principles, even when fighting the terrorists. Because change in the Islamic world must ultimately come from within, the United States and our allies must reach out to and support voices of moderation in the Islamic world and elsewhere.

The rule of law is not an obstacle to fighting terrorists; it is an essential tool for addressing the long-term terrorist threat. Only promoting the practices and ideals of freedom, liberal democracy, opportunity, and the rule of law around the world — and protecting these principles at home — can help America and our allies ultimately vanquish the ideologies that drive terrorism.

Terrorism is a political act requiring a political response. Our strategy must include helping to build democracies, broaden economic opportunities, deepen civil society institutions, and establish better mechanisms for addressing legitimate grievances while never capitulating to terrorist demands.

Freedom and democracy can only flourish where human dignity is respected. 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. Weak and failing states, where desperation and hopelessness prevail, can provide safe havens for terrorists and their ideology, as well as for organized crime, narcotics trafficking, illegal arms sales, and money laundering — the activities that often fund terrorists.

American security will be greatly enhanced by breaking our over-dependence on oil, which has exacerbated the terrorist threat. America must invest far more in energy efficiency and alternative energy technologies, significantly reduce non-renewable energy use in vehicles, workplaces, and homes, and be more aggressive in setting goals for greater energy independence.

America must address its continuing and unnecessary vulnerability to terrorist attack. We must make our ports, chemical plants, and nuclear facilities and other critical infrastructure more secure, do far more to secure existing stockpiles of weapons materials in Russia and elsewhere, significantly enhance the preventive and responsive capacity of our public health system and hospitals, and take other critical preventive measures.

Our local emergency responders, public health officials, border patrol, Coast Guard, and National Guard must be given the resources they need to prevent and respond effectively to terrorist attacks on US soil. Preparedness funds must be allocated through a national requirements process based on a thorough analysis of long-term risks and vulnerabilities.

How America responds to the terrorist threat will determine not only our safety and security at home, but our leadership abroad. Our future depends on it.

 

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
Warren Christopher, Secretary of State 1993-97
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
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
Thomas Pickering, Undersecretary of State 1997-2000
Ted Sorensen, White House Special Counsel 1961-63
John C. Whitehead, Deputy Secretary of State 1985-89

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
Madeleine Albright, Secretary of State 1997-2001
Howard Baker, US Senator (R-TN) 1967-1985
Samuel Berger, National Security Advisor 1997-2000
Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Advisor 1977-1981
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