Those who have lived the horrors of war first hand, are more abhorrent to war. We would never wish for our children to bear witness to what we have seen. Our goal is to allow our children to live in a period of peace and prosperity.

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As a party founded by Veterans, we would have the State Department work as hard as our troops are working now, in order for the Department of Defense to live up to its name.

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Interfering with the internal affairs of a sovereign nation too often results in conflict. Though we could never sit back and allow another holocaust, we also are not the world’s police. Our international community has numerous bodies and alliances which can work to keep or bring peace to their regions of the world. During periods of tension and unrest, it is the State Department which would mobilize to diffuse the situation. Troops on the ground should be a last resort.

As a member of the global community, our nation should strive to make the lives of all of the world’s citizens better, but not mandate the affairs of other countries.

The key to a strong foreign policy is foreign aid. We at the Veterans Party of America disagree with the current strategy of just “dumping money” on countries to “help” them improve their lives. While we firmly believe that it is in the best interest to help other nations build and grow, we also believe it imperative for us to take care of our own people first.

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That may look like a contradiction, but in a solution oriented political party, it is the answer. Foreign aid should not be in the form of money. While some nations use the money, there are far too many with corrupt leaders which take their portion of the money, first. This does not encourage growth, it encourages requests for more aid.

The Veterans Party of America’s idea of foreign aid is using that same money to buy and ship farm implements to struggling agricultural nations. This machinery would be built in America, by American owned corporations, thus creating jobs and stimulating our own economy in the process. American ships would transport the machinery.

Additionally, we will ask for American farmers to go with the machinery in order to teach the farmers of these other nations how to properly utilize the equipment, along with techniques to further increase crop production for a greater harvest, enabling them to feed their nation. As a bonus, it will increase the economy of that nation. Farmers from areas such as Central California and Northern Nevada are experts in growing an abundance of food in dry, arid areas. Their knowledge and experience would go much further in similar climates and regions than a few million dollars. Manufacturers and machine operators could go to countries which are industrializing, taking with them the American made equipment which will help. The list goes on.

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As a nation, we could do far more for the people of this world than the government itself can. But it would take a government with foresight, ambition, and compassion to create, implement, and support such a system.

Together, a solid foreign policy with true foreign aid will help bring about a period of peace in our time. We have solutions, we only need your support, and your vote.

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But do not get us wrong. We also know that there are times when war is an evil necessity. If attacked, or provoked to the point where our nation and citizens fear for their safety, we would bring to bear the full might of the greatest, most powerful, best trained military to put a swift end to the situation and return us to peace.