As a member of Congress I will support policies that preserve the United States' positive influence and leadership in bilateral and multilateral relations with our allies, in addressing challenges with our adversaries, and in setting international policies in global forums. Our goal in foreign policy must always be to keep America safe today, as well as work to craft a sustainable, forward looking policy that can ensure our security and prosperity for years to come.
Such policy includes sensible defense spending that recognizes the changing realities of warfare and international relations. We can no longer rely on a Cold War mentality where foreign policy is a zero-sum game. Successful policy will combine the right balance of strong and soft power.
As the international system continues to evolve from the bi-polar world of the last half-century to one of multiple influential powers, the U.S. must also continue to couple a strategic defense policy with diplomacy and development. At the same time, we must focus on sustaining and enhancing our economic power, as stability at home will translate into continued influence and investment overseas.
I will also support legislation that supports Israel, an important ally in the rapidly changing Middle East, and seek the conditions that will allow Israel and her Arab neighbors, including the Palestinians, to pursue and achieve real, lasting peace.