A. Resolve international and civil conflicts through diplomacy:
Engage diplomatically with other nations to resolve conflicts.
“Earlier this month, I cosponsored Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico’s Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act. This bipartisan bill would prevent the President from using the military to strike Iran except with an express act of Congress authorizing such action or in response to an imminent threat to the United States from Iran. This measure was also introduced as an amendment to this year’s annual defense authorization bill and I voted for the amendment. Whether the amendment passes or not, I will continue to be a strong advocate in Congress for seeking diplomatic solutions that reduce the risk of military conflict while promoting a more stable and prosperous Middle East.” – Constituent letter June, 2019
Senator Smith supports the Iran nuclear agreement and negotiations with Russia to reduce nuclear weapons stockpiles. Council for a Livable World, April 2018
“It is also important to recognize that our national security is best served when the military is not our only tool. We must also make effective use of diplomacy and development. Diplomacy is essential if we are going to solve tough security challenges from the Middle East to China and North Korea – without dangerous military conflict.” – Senator Smith’s website, March 2018
Promote stability by replacing US military aid with development aid.
“It is also important to recognize that our national security is best served when the military is not our only tool. We must also make effective use of diplomacy and development…… Fostering development is not only good for the communities where it happens – it is good for the U.S. because it promotes stability and prosperity and fosters alliances.” – Senator Smith’s website, March 2018
Senator Smith has not yet supported S. 1158, the Elie Weisel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act. – FCNL site, March 2018
Support resolution of the Israeli Palestinian conflict through determined, balanced and multilateral diplomacy.
The Senator voted in favor of S.!, Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act. The Bill revolves around military aid to Israel, sanctions on Syria and opposition to BDS. – 02.05.19
Senator Smith signed on to a letter to President Trump urging restoration of previously approved aide to Palestine. “We write in strong opposition to your ecision to cut some $200 million in Fiscal Year 2017 Economic Support Fund assistance originally planned for the West Bank and Gaza and to end U.S. contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), including more than $300 million in assistance this fiscal year.” – 09.21.18
The Senator does not support S720 legitimizing Israeli settlements in U.S. law. – FCNL site, March 2018
B. Build an infrastructure for peace and prosperity:
Develop and strengthen alternatives to military force such as civilian peacekeeping forces, diplomacy, mediation and conflict resolution, and significantly grow the US diplomatic corps.
“Diplomacy is essential if we are going to solve tough security challenges from the Middle East to China and North Korea – without dangerous military conflict.” – Senator Smith’s website, 07.04.19
Senator Smith supports negotiations with Russia to reduce nuclear weapons stockpiles. Council for a Livable World, April 2018
Commit the US to strengthening the United Nations and approving agreements and treaties such as the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty that reduce the risk of war.
Original co-sponsor of S200, Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act. -Council for a Livable World
Senator Smith signed on to a letter to the President expressing concerns re our strategic stability with our nuclear-armed adversaries:
“Your administration’s efforts to double-down on new, unnecessary nuclear weapons while scrapping mutually beneficial treaties risks the United States sliding into another arms race with Russia and erodes U.S. nonproliferation efforts around the world.” -12.12.18
Statement on US withdrawal from Iran nuclear agreement (excerpts): Iran must never be allowed to obtain a nuclear weapon – they are a threat to the region and to US national security interests. A withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Agreement, however, will do nothing to reduce that threat. This move also sends a message that the US won[‘t abide by our diplomatic agreements, and it risks serious backlash from the international community.” – 05.08.2018
Senator Smith signed on to a letter to the President regarding the Nuclear Posture Review:
“…..the policies outlined in the NPR increase the risk of a nuclear arms race and raise the real possibility of nuclear conflict”. The U.S. has….. “a unique responsibility to continue to lead the international community towards eventual nuclear disarmament.” – Jan 29, 2018
Commit to just and sustainable economic development strategies around the world.
“We must also make effective use of diplomacy and development. And fostering development is not only good for the communities where it happens – it is good for the U.S. because it promotes stability and prosperity and fosters alliances. – Senator Smith’s website, 07.04.2019
C. Dismantle the infrastructure that encourages militaristic responses to conflicts:
Significantly reduce the US defense budget, increase its transparency and ensure the military is accountable for its defense expenditures.
Senator Smith voted to authorize a $715.6 billion military budget (HR 5515) for fiscal 2019, including $68.5 billion for war-fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and other hot spots. 06.13.18
Reduce the number of military bases and military personnel in the U.S. and overseas.
Senator Smith voted for S.J.Res. 7 to remove US armed forces from hostilities in Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress. Passed Senate on March 13, vetoed by President. 03.13.2019
Discontinue the practice of providing military equipment or training assistance to human rights abusers.
Senator Smith voted “yea” on a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval of proposed foreign military sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia certain defense articles and services. 06.20.2019
Senator Smith is a co-sponsor of S.705, Preserving Arms Control Treaties (PACT) Act OF 2019: 6 month prohibition against funding of any action which would violate the INF Treaty.
Senator Smith Smith has not yet supported S.J. Res. 54, blocking the sale of bombs to Saudi Arabia. – FCNL site, 3/13/18