Statement Of Sen. Alexander - Sen. Danforth Nomination To Be U.S. Rep. To The United Nations

Posted on April 12, 2005

Senator Danforth will be an excellent representative of the United States to the United Nations. He brings a wealth of experience to the position. He served 18 years in the U.S. Senate where he was highly respected by his colleagues. Most recently, he has been President Bush's Special Envoy to Sudan where just a few weeks ago a historic peace agreement was reached after two decades of conflict between the north and south. I know he will represent our policies and our values admirably at the UN. All of us have heard about what has come to be known as the Bush Doctrine: you're either with us or against us, and if you're against us, we'll do what we must to prevent you from attacking us. But I know that Senator Danforth will also remember what I call the first Bush Doctrine in his work at the United Nations. When then-Governor Bush debated foreign policy with Vice President Gore at Wake Forest University during the 2000 campaign, he said this: "I think the United States must be humble and must be proud and confident of our values, but humble in how we treat nations that are figuring out how to chart their own course. . . . If we're an arrogant nation, they'll resent us. If we're a humble nation, but strong, they'll welcome us. Our nation stands alone right now in the world in terms of power. And that's why we've got to be humble and yet project strength in a way that promotes freedom. We're a freedom-loving nation. If we're an arrogant nation, they'll view us that way, but if we're a humble nation, they'll respect us." Since the horrible events of September 11th, and through our war in Iraq, it is understandable that we have heard more about the second Bush Doctrine - of being with us or against us. But now, with a new UN resolution on Iraq, and the approaching June 30th transfer of sovereignty to the Iraqi people, I'm sure that what I refer to as the first Bush Doctrine, one of strength with humility, will become more prominent, especially in our actions at the United Nations.