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|Posted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 8:55 pm Post subject: Press Conference - Secure America Challenge (1/31/08)
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January 29, 2008 212-983-6100
Suzanne Fenech, ext. 232
Partnership for a Secure America Issues "Secure America Challenge"
Bipartisan Group of National Security Experts Identifies Five Key Foreign Policy and National Security Priorities Aimed at 2008 Presidential Candidates
Campaign to Launch with Nuclear Terrorism Spot
to Run in Select Markets Nationwide Beginning February 3
Washington, D.C. (January 29, 2008) - The Partnership for a Secure America, a bipartisan group of leading national security experts, today announced the "Secure America Challenge," five key foreign policy and national security priorities aimed at the 2008 presidential candidates. The signatories call for decisive, bipartisan leadership to improve US policies on nuclear terrorism, energy security and climate change, development investment, human rights, and US-China relations.
PSA Advisory Board representatives, including Co-Chair Rep. Lee Hamilton (D-IN) and member Robert McFarlane, former Reagan National Security Advisor, will be available for a phone-in press conference to discuss the Secure America Challenge and answer questions:
DATE: Thursday, January 31
TME: 1:30 PM (EST)
PARTICIPANT CALL IN NUMBER: 877-591-4959
CONFIRMATION CODE: 4238540
TITLE: Secure America Challenge Press Conference
If you would like to be part of the conference call, please RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-983-6100, ext. 224
Please call in a few minutes before the 1:30 p.m. call to ensure a timely start.
PSA Advisory Board member and 9/11 Commission Chair Gov. Tom Kean is also available for separate interviews. To arrange, contact email@example.com or 212-983-6100, ext. 224.
Issue One: Nuclear Terrorism
As part of the launch of the Secure America Challenge, the Partnership for a Secure America has produced a 30-second nuclear terrorism advertisement that will run in select television markets nationwide beginning Sunday, February 3, 2008. For an advance viewing, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-983-6100, ext. 224.
More information on PSA and an online forum on the five issues can be found at www.SecureAmericaChallenge.org.
The Secure America Challenge
As Democrats and Republicans, we believe that the next President of the United States must initiate a new era of US global leadership based on bipartisanship at home and cooperative engagement abroad. To ensure that our next President is committed to this vision, we have identified five critical questions that we are urging the American people to ask the presidential candidates:
1. Nuclear Terrorism. America faces the future possibility of terrorists armed with nuclear weapons. The 9/11 Commission urged a maximum effort to prevent terrorists from acquiring a nuclear weapon or the materials to make one. But in the Commission's report card in 2005, the US government got a "D" for its efforts to secure global nuclear stockpiles and prevent further proliferation. As President, how would you strengthen international cooperation to prevent nuclear capabilities from falling into dangerous hands and turn this failing grade into an "A"?
2. Energy Security and Climate Change. Both sides of the aisle now agree that America's excessive consumption of foreign oil is bankrolling many of our worst enemies, costing American lives, and polluting our air. Yet we cannot transform the global energy market or reverse the destructive impacts of climate change unilaterally. What alternative fuel, energy efficiency, and emissions reduction policies would you seek to implement nationally and internationally by the end of your first term as President in January 2013?
3. Development. The 9/11 Commission Report, the 2006 Department of Defense Quadrennial Review Report, and the 2006 National Security Strategy all concluded that U.S. investments in international development are insufficient to advance global stability, expand the benefits of the global economy and enhance American security. Yet our spending on international development, including humanitarian assistance, will be less than one tenth of our military spending in 2008. How will you elevate both the level and effectiveness of US government development spending to advance our national security and foreign policy goals?
4. Human Rights. America applied its unparalleled political, military and economic primacy in the twentieth century to help establish, defend and advance respect for international human rights. Appreciation of those values in the world today reflects the impact of decades of US moral leadership. Yet surveys of our allies and adversaries around the world now reveal increasing hostility toward the exercise of US power, including the perception that we have abandoned our commitment to human rights. How will you reaffirm America's global leadership in promoting human rights and the rule of law around the world?
5. China. China is an emerging political, military and economic powerhouse and its rise has the potential to transform the international order of the past six decades. The US-China relationship will therefore set the tone for broader international cooperation in the twenty-first century. As President, how will you actively engage China while encouraging it to become a stronger stakeholder in the international system?
The Secure America Challenge
US Senator (R-TN) 1967-85
NANCY KASSEBAUM BAKER
US Senator (R-KS) 1978-97
National Security Advisor 1997-2001
Secretary of State 1993-97
Senator (R-WA) 1981-87, 1989-2001
US Congressman (D-IN) 1965-99
US Senator (D-CO) 1975-87
Chair, International Peace Academy 1992-present
US Trade Representative 1989-93
Governor New Jersey 1982-1990
National Security Advisor 1993-97
Secretary of the Navy 1981-87
RICHARD C. LEONE
President, The Century Foundation 1989-present
National Security Advisor 1983-85
Ambassador to UN 1979-81
Senator (D-GA) 1972-96
Secretary of Defense 1994-97
Undersecretary of State 1997-2000
US Senator (R-NH) 1980-92
White House Special Counsel & Adviser 1961-63
JOHN C. WHITEHEAD
Deputy Secretary of State 1985-88
Undersecretary of State 1992-93
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