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Recommendation for President Obama's First 100 Days

by Brooklyn for Peace

  • To send a more meaningful peace message to the nation and the world while at the same time reducing the exorbitant war costs, the President should accelerate the rate of troop withdrawal in Iraq to achieve a complete removal of all combat troops as well as all military contractors by June 30, 2009. There should be no bases left behind.
  • As Commander-In-Chief the President should order the development of a new strategy for the Afghanistan mission that fully converts the present failed military operation into a diplomatic effort with real humanitarian aid and support of economic development. Only such efforts will prevent the future nurturing of "terrorists". All cross-border attacks on Pakistan territory should also immediately be stopped.
  • In order to commence a new buildup for the non-military human resource assets of the nation the President should:
  1. direct that emergency adjustments be made to end the current Peace Corps fiscal problems, and double the size of the Peace Corps in the next budget.
  2. double the size of VISTA, Americorps and other volunteer programs
  3. increase the budget for the Institute of Peace to ten times the present appropriation and assign a more central and expanded role to the Institute as a premier vehicle for the promotion of peace; direct the Institute of Peace to develop a plan for the creation of a National Peace University.
  • The President should direct the State Department to accelerate preparations for dialogue with the government of Iran.
  • The President should direct the State Department to assign the highest priority to a new and continuing peace initiative to resolve the bitter and inhumane conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, guaranteeing security and justice for both Israelis and Palestinians.
  • The President should increase the budget for the Institute of Peace ten times the present appropriation and assign a more central and expanded role to the Institute as a premier vehicle for the promotion of peace.
  • The President should order the closing of the "School of the Americas" site in Georgia that is used to train the oppressive Latin American police organizations. Under the auspices of the Institute of Peace a facility for Western Hemisphere language and cultural immersion should be developed for civilian personnel only.
  • The President should sponsor an immediate repeal of the section of the Education law that mandates that public schools and colleges participate in recruiting youth for the armed forces.
  • The President should reaffirm his goal of "a world in which there are no nuclear weapons", and direct a major priority in diplomatic efforts toward the other nuclear nations to make this a reality.
  • The President should declare the United States' intention to abide by international law, and to support the role of the International Criminal Court.
  • The President should proclaim the United States' intention to relinquish all foreign military bases, and to convert military aid to all countries into aid for education, health care, and human needs. Arms sales to other countries should immediately be halted.