Maybe Bill is the one?
A few days ago, I wrote about my disgust at the government's misuse of power. I also said I would vote for the first candidate who convinces me that they will lead with strength, peace, and ethics. Maybe Bill Richardson is that guy.
Thanks to my brother, Chuck, I read this article by Richardson in the Harvard International Review. It's not a surprise that Richardson is very qualified on foreign policy matters as he is a former UN Representative (as well as former Energy Secretary, Congressman, and current Governor of New Mexico).
The article describes the six trends he sees changing the world:
- Fanatical jihadism
- Growing power and sophistication of criminal networks
- Rapid rise of Asian powers
- Re-emergence of Russia
- Global economic interdependence and financial imbalance
- Globalization of urgent health, environmental, and social problems
Richardson lays out his New Realism approach to foreign folicy:
- US must repair its alliances
- US must restore commitment to international law and multilateral cooperation
- US must be impeccable in its own human rights behavior
- US must be a leader on environmental issues, including reducing greenhouse gas emmissions and developing and commercializing clean, alternative engery technologies
- Engage directly with other nations, including Iran and North Korea
- Focus on real security threats, including building international cooperation to do so
- Lead the world in opening an ideological front in the ware against jihadism, including living up to our own ideals (no prisoner abuse, torture, secret prisons, and evasion of the Geneva Convention. Close Guantanamo). Lots more on this in the article.
I don't know if Richardson can win because politics has become such a money game. But, I'll be studying him further. I like what he has to say on the international side, and we have gone so wrong there in the last 7 years.