ISSUE AREA: PEACEMAKING

NETWORK affirms a commitment to conflict resolution through diplomacy instead of military force. We reject our nation’s culture of war which causes irreparable damage at home and internationally.

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Our Position

Catholic Social Teaching requires not only that our nation refrains from engaging in violence, but also that we promote peace and stability worldwide. Modern warfare is complex, advanced, and dangerous like never before. In this current reality, war must be a far-off last resort, engaged in only after every other option has been extinguished.

NETWORK believes that the U.S. should develop an ethical foreign policy that emphasizes conflict resolution through multilateral diplomacy instead of unilateral U.S. military action. We support members of our communities who serve in the armed forces, and their families must be held in great respect, assured of adequate services.  We wholeheartedly support medical, housing, job training and other services for all our veterans.

NETWORK Advocates for Federal Policies That:

Implement a multidimensional strategy for international security

Time and time again, we have learned that military presence alone cannot stabilize a country. Too many financial and other resources are dedicated to military defense operations without meaningful diplomatic or local development efforts accompanying them. Leaders of the Armed Forces have spoken about excessive funding for military equipment and operations that far surpasses their realistic needs. Meanwhile funds for reconstruction projects, such as the Iraqi Development Fund in the early 2000s, are grossly mismanaged and unaccounted for. Providing increased funding for local development and stabilization projects to the State Department instead of the Defense Department will increase efficiency and accountability for these efforts and ultimately reduce our dependence on traditional military interventions.

Restore national dialogue over involvement in foreign wars and ensure a timely and accurate Authorization for the Use of Military Force is in effect

Our country has engaged in military action and drone strikes for years under an Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) passed by Congress in 2001 and again in 2002. Both are out of date and no longer reflect the reality of our current military involvement in the Middle East. AUMF’s must be time limited and reasonable. We urge Congress to repeal the 2001 AUMF and pass a new one with a limited number of troops and duration of military action for our opposition to the Islamic State. Repealing the 2001 AUMF’s open ended mandate for military force will return debate over our country’s military involvement to our elected representatives and the balance of war powers between Congress and the President will be restored.

Limit the use of drone warfare

Drone attacks have been non-transparent and unaccounted for by the military and the CIA for years.  We reject the increased use of drone weaponry by the United States as a replacement for troops. Drones have been shown to be indiscriminate and unreliable, and have resulted in hundreds of unintended civilian casualties. These attacks generate popular resentment and undermine the U.S.’s moral standing internationally.

Bring us closer to international nuclear disarmament

Many nations currently hold sufficient nuclear weapons to destroy the world many times over. Instead of replacing or adding to the U.S. supply of nuclear weapons, we should work to reduce the number of such weapons held by our nation and others. The U.S. must also end the use of depleted uranium tips on conventional weapons, which releases dangerous levels of radiation and causes both health and environmental problems.

Reject the militarization of local police forces

NETWORK opposes the over-militarization of local police forces in our nation. We call for an end to programs that provide unreasonable weapons and funding to local enforcement agencies. These dangerous and expensive practices cost us our tax dollars and harm the relationship between police and the communities they serve.

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Policy Solutions
  • The Iran Deal
  • Close Guantanamo Bay
  • Community Policing