For Immediate Release
July 13, 2004
Three Commitments in Our Strategy for Peace
To overcome the dangers of our time, America is taking a new approach in the world. We are determined to challenge new threats -- we will not ignore them and simply wait for future tragedy. Our strategy for peace has three commitments:
First, we are defending the peace by taking the fight to the enemy. We are confronting enemies overseas so we do not have to confront them here at home; destroying the leadership of terrorist networks in sudden raids; disrupting their planning and financing; and shrinking the space in which they can freely operate by denying them territory and the support of governments.
Second, we are protecting the peace by working with friends and allies and international institutions to isolate and confront terrorists and outlaw regimes. America is leading a broad coalition of nations to disrupt proliferation. We are working with the United Nations, the International Atomic Energy Agency, and other international organizations to take action in our common security.
Third, we are extending the peace by supporting the rise of democracy -- and the hope and progress that democracy brings -- as the alternative to hatred and terror in the broader Middle East. In democratic and successful societies, men and women do not swear allegiance to malcontents and murderers; they turn their hearts and labor to building better lives. Democratic governments do not shelter terrorist camps or attack their peaceful neighbors