Sen. Marco Rubio: “Democracies very rarely start wars”

Marco RubioWe look at the history of our hemisphere, here in the Western Hemisphere, and we see that up until about 25 years ago, most of the nations in the Western Hemisphere were governed by dictators and strongmen on both the left and the right, and few, if any, people in our hemisphere had a role to play in choosing their leaders.

Today, but for the exception of a handful of places–predominantly, Cuba and the Caribbean and some others–almost all of the people of the region get to choose their leaders, and that has been the story of Venezuela up until very recently.

Sometimes they choose leaders who agree with America, and sometimes they do not. But they choose their leaders.

In the end, we know that democracies very rarely start wars because their peoples do not tolerate it.

—Sen. Marco Rubio (R–FL)

Venezuela,  Senate Floor, July 11, 2017

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White House: “Clear parallel” between US-France WWI alliance and “what we’re doing today”

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Well, let’s keep in mind what the, sort of, centerpiece of the trip is, which is the French National Day and its celebration of the 100th anniversary of US forces entering World War I — an entry which was really decisive, historically.

The French Army had sustained horrendous losses over three years of war; Russia had just fallen out of the war because of the Bolshevik Revolution, so a million German forces were being transferred to the Western Front. Continue reading White House: “Clear parallel” between US-France WWI alliance and “what we’re doing today”

White House: Trump Poland speech “best” since Reagan, “most important” in decades

In Poland, President Trump gave a powerful and historic speech in Warsaw that was widely praised both in Poland and the United States as one of the most important speeches by an American President on foreign soil in decades.

—Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders
Press Briefing, July 10, 2017

 

When you look at what President Trump did in Europe and recommitting ourselves to our NATO allies, committing ourselves to our partners in Europe, our partners across the world, committing ourselves to the values of the West, delivering a speech in Poland which many people said are the best speeches since Ronald Reagan.

—White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus

Fox News Sunday, July 9, 2017

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Trump: “Fight for the West” akin to Warsaw Uprising

The memories of those who perished in the Warsaw Uprising cry out across the decades, and few are clearer than the memories of those who died to build and defend the Jerusalem Avenue crossing. Those heroes remind us that the West was saved with the blood of patriots; that each generation must rise up and play their part in its defense — (applause) — and that every foot of ground, and every last inch of civilization, is worth defending with your life.

Our own fight for the West does not begin on the battlefield — it begins with our minds, our wills, and our souls. Today, the ties that unite our civilization are no less vital, and demand no less defense, than that bare shred of land on which the hope of Poland once totally rested. Our freedom, our civilization, and our survival depend on these bonds of history, culture, and memory.

— President Donald Trump

Remarks by President Trump to the People of Poland, July 6, 2017

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Rep. Ted Poe: History of Pakistan’s support for terrorist groups goes back to 1980s

Ted PoeThere is a laundry list of evidence of Pakistan’s support for terrorist groups, and I think a little more history is in order because this activity by Pakistan has been going on for years and has been below the radar.

Since 1980, Pakistan has provided a safe haven and support, as I mentioned, for the Haqqani Network. Continue reading Rep. Ted Poe: History of Pakistan’s support for terrorist groups goes back to 1980s

Sen. Rand Paul: Selling arms to create jobs? Eisenhower warned about this

Rand PaulThere is probably no greater purveyor of hatred for Christianity and Judaism than Saudi Arabia. We should not be giving them weapons.

Some will argue that it is a jobs program. Well, isn’t that swell. We are going to give money to people who behead you and crucify you to create jobs. That should never be the way we make a decision about arms sales in our country.
A famous Republican and general, General Dwight Eisenhower, Continue reading Sen. Rand Paul: Selling arms to create jobs? Eisenhower warned about this

Tillerson: “History has shown that the United States leaves a footprint of freedom wherever it goes”

History has shown that the United States leaves a footprint of freedom wherever it goes. Ensuring the security and prosperity of the American people and advancing our values has necessitated difficult decisions in areas of our budget. The Fiscal Year 2018 budget request includes substantial funding for many foreign assistance programs under the auspices of USAID and the State Department, but Continue reading Tillerson: “History has shown that the United States leaves a footprint of freedom wherever it goes”

Rep. Jim Costa: Marshall Plan, NATO helped create longest peacetime period in Europe in over 1,000 years

Jim CostaThis is the longest peacetime period in Europe in over 1,000 years, which is really remarkable, and we should not take it for granted. It is our responsibility in Congress and in the White House to ensure that global order secured by NATO is strengthened, not damaged.

—Rep. Jim Costa (D–CA)

Marshall Plan, House Floor, June 8, 2017

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Sen. Michael Bennet: Using the Marshall Plan to critique Trump’s foreign policy

Michael BennetAs the recent terrorist attack unfolded in London, President Trump took to Twitter to promote his political agenda and sow fear in the wake of that attack. In the face of challenges like extremism and instability that demand 40-year strategies like the ones President Truman had in mind, President Trump is conducting his foreign policy 140 characters at a time.

Like the Marshall Plan, the Paris Agreement recognized that in the modern world there is no “over there” anymore. Today, over there is here, and here is over there, and our President fundamentally doesn’t understand it. Continue reading Sen. Michael Bennet: Using the Marshall Plan to critique Trump’s foreign policy

Mattis: “Engagement with the world” is “deeply rooted in the American psyche”

James MattisSo, I think that we have been engaged in the world for a long time. I think historically the Americans have been reluctant to see themselves in that role. It — we were quite happy between our two oceans to stay there.

The 20th century took us out of that. Continue reading Mattis: “Engagement with the world” is “deeply rooted in the American psyche”