Sep 14, 2017-The range of problems facing the United States abroad is daunting: a volatile Middle East, an unpredictable, mischievous Russia, a truly menacing North Korea.
To say nothing of destabilizing global challenges like the mass migration of desperate refugees, and climate change. President Donald Trump’s “America First” approach is a dodge, not an answer. What’s needed is a robust foreign policy led by a reinvigorated State Department that right now is suffering from poor leadership and an absence of professional firepower in pivotal positions. Two people who understand the urgency of helping the department recover from the damages inflicted by Trump are Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. Leading members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, they have sought to rally their colleagues around a bipartisan spending bill for 2018 that would strengthen the department and replenish important foreign aid programs. Last week, the two won unanimous committee approval for a $51 billion bill for the State Department and foreign aid, about $11 billion more than the administration requested. Congress should ensure that a strong version of the bill becomes law.
Published: 14-09-2017 08:18
- The Kathmandu Post