Overview of America's International Strategy
"Our Nation's cause has always been larger than
our Nation's defense. We fight, as we always fight, for a just
peacea peace that favors liberty. We will defend the peace
against the threats from terrorists and tyrants. We will preserve
the peace by building good relations among the great powers.
And we will extend the peace by encouraging free and open societies
on every continent."
West Point, New York
June 1, 2002
The United States possesses unprecedented and unequaledstrength
and influence in the world. Sustained by faith in the principles
of liberty, and the value of a free society, this position comes
with unparalleled responsibilities, obligations, and opportunity.
The great strength of this nation must be used to promote a balance
of power that favors freedom.
For most of the twentieth century, the world was divided by a
great struggle over ideas: destructive totalitarian visions versus
freedom and equality.
That great struggle is over. The militant visions of class, nation,
and race which promised utopia and delivered misery have been defeated
and discredited. America is now threatened less by conquering states
than we are by failing ones. We are menaced less by fleets and
armies than by catastrophic technologies in the hands of the embittered
few.We must defeat these threats to our Nation, allies, and friends.
This is also a time of opportunity for America. We will work to
translate this moment of influence into decades of peace, prosperity,
and liberty. The U.S. national security strategy will be based
on a distinctly American internationalism that reflects the union
of our values and our national interests. The aim of this strategy
is to help make the world not just safer but better. Our goals
on the path to progress are clear: political and economic freedom,
peaceful relations with other states, and respect for human dignity.
And this path is not Americas alone. It is open to all.
To achieve these goals, the United States will:
- champion aspirations for human dignity;
- strengthen alliances to defeat global terrorism and work to
prevent attacks against us and our friends;
- work with others to defuse regional conflicts;
- prevent our enemies from threatening us, our allies, and our
friends, with weapons of mass destruction;
- ignite a new era of global economic growt through free markets
and free trade;
- expand the circle of development by opening societies and
building the infrastructure of democracy;
- develop agendas for cooperative action with other main centers
of global power; and
- transform Americas national security institutions to
meet the challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first century.
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