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V. American Leadership In the World
President Clinton believes that for America to be strong at home, it
must be strong abroad. He has fought to preserve the
tradition of American leadership in the world against a growing tide of
isolationism. Only be being actively engaged in world affairs can
America promote its highest interests -- maintaining
security, promoting prosperity.
The end of the Cold War has brought tremendous opportunities to
make America safer, and President Clinton is seizing those
opportunities. Here is a brief overview of the President's
accomplishments in the foreign policy area:
Reducing the Nuclear Threat
He has made great strides to reduce the threat of nucle
ar weapons. Thanks to the Administration's efforts:
The START I treaty, which will eliminate delivery systems that
carry 9,000 nuclear warheads, was put into force;
Three of the Newly Independent States that emerged from the Soviet
Union gave up their nuclear weapons entirely and signed the
The ratification process for the START II treaty is under way in the
Senate, and when that treaty goes into effect, another 5,000 nuclear
weapons will be eliminated.
President Clinton also reached a landmark agreement with Russia to
have our nuclear forces stop targeting each other's cities and
We have confronted the North Korean nuclear threat and stopped it.
The agreement we reached will freeze and, if fully implemented,
dismantle their nuclear program -- with international monitoring; and
Finally, the Clinton Administration is also working to halt the
spread of other weapons of mass destruction such as biological and
Our national security depends on preserving the strength of our armed
President Clinton has vowed to keep our troops the best-trained,
best-equipped, best-prepared in the world. He added a $25 billion
over six years so the military can maintain its readiness and fulfill
its missions with the skill and professionalism it demonstrated last
year in Haiti. Or in the Persian Gulf, where our armed forces' rapid
deployment convinced Saddam Hussein not to make the same mistake twice.
Promoting peace in the troubled regions of the world
also serves our security interests.
The Clinton Administration's vigorous diplomacy helped advance the
cause of peace in such areas as South Africa, Northern Ireland, and the
In his time in office, President Clinton has played a key role in
the historic agreements Israel has signed with the PLO and Jordan --
agreements that have paved the way for a new era in the Middle East.
Because of the President's strong commitment to a stronger America
engaged in the world, today, our families can turn out the lights at
night and sleep in greater safety than at any time
since the dawn of the nuclear age.