4. My top priority is to prevent a nuclear war.
Humanity is threatened today and every day with a nuclear war that could end all life on earth - started or triggered by the United States. You might think a nuclear war is so unlikely that it will never happen, but most of our foreign policies are so ignorant, hostile, aggressive and militaristic that a conventional war could break out at any time, for example in or near Iran, Syria, Korea or Venezuela. Any conventional war could turn into a nuclear war at any time. A nuclear war could also start by accident, and this two-minute video by the Union of Concerned Scientists explains how:
The WIN/Gallup International polling organization regularly surveys people in many of the world's countries asking them which country they feel is the greatest threat to world peace. According to the survey results, the US was the overwhelming choice (24% of respondents) for the country that represents the greatest threat to peace in the world today. This was followed by Pakistan (8%), China (6%), North Korea, Israel and Iran (5%). Respondents in Russia (54%), China (49%), and Bosnia (49%) were the most fearful of the US as a threat. Here is a link to a report about one such survey: Which Country is the Greatest Threat?
This result has been consistent over many years, and it does not reflect well on Washington's and Andy Barr's violent, aggressive, ignorant foreign policies.
In an interview on August 9, 2019, Geoff Wilson said: "The United States and Russia have 93% of the world’s nuclear weapons. We have about 6,000; the Russians also. The Chinese have about 300 nuclear weapons. And we host them on three different platforms. We have nuclear submarines that carry ballistic missiles. We have strategic bombers that can either launch air-launch cruise missiles we have, or gravity bombs. We have the silo-based ICBMs. I don’t think that we are missing a capability. In fact, we have lots of alternatives.
"The INF Treaty was around since 1987 and nobody thought that we were less safe because all of a sudden we didn’t have ground-launched missiles inside of Europe. The other part of this is that the Europeans I don’t think want any more weapons. We already base tactical nuclear weapons in several NATO countries. And those populations, those constituencies, don’t want them anymore. There’s a whole lot of talk about whether or not the United States should be allowed to base nuclear weapons in these countries."
When I am elected, I will propose that our so-called "defense" budget be cut by at least 50%. Most of our "defense" budget actually goes to maintaining the US military Empire, threatening other countries and supporting coups against other countries' governments. If we stopped trying to dominate so many other countries, the U.S. would be less hated and feared all around the world. Our national security would improve because we'd have fewer enemies.
Elizabeth Beavers, Senior Fellow for Data For Progress; Alexander McCoy, Political Director for Common Defense; and Sean McElwee, co-founder, Data for Progress, polled US voters and found that "Voters want to see US funding go to domestic needs such as health care, or to other national security tools like diplomacy, instead of to the Pentagon and more endless war." They also found that "an overwhelming majority of likely Democratic primary voters (73 percent ) ranked political, environmental, and economic challenges above threats of a military nature." The complete survey results are available online here.
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