Issue Position: American Leadership in the World
A Leader on the World Stage
From his time in the Peace Corps as a young man to his 25 years on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Chris Dodd has worked to strengthen America through bold engagement. Dodd understands America must lead to protect our security not only on Iraq, but also on the rise of state-less terrorist organizations around the world, Iran and North Korea's emerging nuclear capabilities, a resurgent Taliban in Afghanistan, the HIV/AIDS crisis that is decimating whole continents and creating failed states, and the growing threat of global warming. Chris Dodd is ready to lead - to face our challenges abroad with boldness and a proven ability to bring people together.
The Dodd Plan To Restore America's Moral Authority
* Strengthen our Alliances. As President, Chris Dodd will work to restore our alliances, rebuild international institutions to better fight the war against terrorism, and enhance America's security while upholding our common values.
* Diplomacy, Not More Troops in Iraq. Chris Dodd is strongly opposed to the Bush-Cheney troop surge strategy. As President, he will advance a surge of diplomacy in the region, not a surge of more troops.
* End the War in Iraq Decisively. Chris Dodd understands that ending the war in Iraq makes America safer. He strongly supports the Feingold-Reid proposal - the only responsible measure in Congress that sets a timetable to end the war in Iraq by March 31, 2008 - and he has urged all the candidates in the presidential race to join him. It is time to stand up to the President's misguided Iraq policy.
* Hold America's Allies Accountable. As President, Chris Dodd would engage key strategic countries, nations like Saudi Arabia and Russia, and call on them to support freedom and democracy in their own countries and to eliminate the conditions that export terrorism and allow our enemies to thrive.
* Enhance and Export Energy Technology to Free America and the World From Reliance On Oil. Chris Dodd believes we need to invest in renewable energy technology that will allow America to achieve energy independence. As President, he would share that technology with our allies to end their alliances of necessity with dictators from oil-producing nations like Venezuela and Iran.
A Lifetime of Bold Engagement In the World
* Dodd Traveled to the Middle East Four Times Since 2003 to Meet with International Leaders and Assess US Policies. As a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Chris Dodd traveled to the Middle East four times since the outbreak of war in Iraq, visiting Baghdad three times in that period. During his visits, Dodd assessed the impact of U.S. foreign policy on the region, opened up important lines of communications with countries like Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, and Israel, and made sure American troops were being taken care of and protected.
* Dodd Served as Chair or Co-Chair of the Delegation to U.S-Mexico Interparliamentary Sessions and Received an Award From the Mexican Government. Since 1987, Chris Dodd has either Chaired or Co-Chaired the Congressional delegation attending the annual U.S.-Mexico Interparliamentary Conference. For this and his other work bolstering U.S.-Mexico relations, Dodd received the Aztec Eagle Award, Mexico's highest award given to a foreign national.
* Dodd Was a Leader in Ending U.S. Military Assistance to the Nicaraguan Contras, Which Opened the Door for Successful Elections in 1990. In 1983, Chris Dodd was chosen by party leaders to speak on behalf of Congressional Democrats in response to President Reagan's address on the situation in Nicaragua. In 1989 Dodd worked with the Bush administration to successfully broker a bipartisan accord on Nicaragua. This finally ended US military assistance to the Nicaraguan Contras and led to successful democratic elections in 1990.
* Dodd Led the Senate Central America Negotiations Observer Group. Chris Dodd led the Senate Central America Negotiations Group. This group was created to monitor the progress of the Guatemala City Peace Accord. The accord called for a cease-fire in the Nicaraguan and El Salvador civil wars, reconciliation between those governments and their opposition groups, steps to assure democracy throughout Central America, an end to outside aid to rebel forces and an end to the use of any country's territory by rebels trying to destabilize another country.
* Dodd Worked Closely With President Clinton to Facilitate Peace in Northern Ireland. Chris Dodd, working closely with President Clinton helped facilitate the Good Friday Peace Accords which were signed on Friday, April 10, 1998. Dodd encouraged American involvement by urging President Clinton to speak directly with the Sinn Fein political leader Gerry Adams. He also participated in a Congressional delegation traveling to Northern Ireland with President Clinton in 1995.