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from the beginning my campaign for president has been driven by the awareness that we face not just another presidential election but a transition between one ERA and another a fact of which the current presidency is as much a symptom as a cause I believe that the next three or four years will determine the next 30 or 40 for our country in our world and in that context I'm thankful for this opportunity to share the worldview that shapes my understanding of foreign policy and national security I do not aspire to deliver a full Budaj edge doctrine today but I will illustrate how my administration would manage global issues I want to lay out how I believe American interests and American values can be aligned across American relationships with a view to everyday life in places like my hometown of South Bend my central purpose is to argue that the world today needs America more than ever but only if America can be at her best as a mayor from the industrial Midwest as a product of the 9/11 generation and as a veteran of the Afghanistan conflict my own worldview is shaped predictably by my life experience when I arrived in college in the fall of 2000 scholars were debating whether the end of the Cold War amounted to the end of history the United States appeared to be the unchallenged leader of a global order and the new century was expected by many to be peaceful and democratic by the time I finished my studies in 2007 America was mired in two wars it's a respect even among our allies had plummeted and no one could be certain that the global future would be any better than the past I was a sophomore when the towers fell and war came to my generation I stayed up late debating things like the march toward the Iraq conflict in a student committee room at Harvard's Kennedy School unaware that in a dorm across the street a few students were in the early stages of coding a web site that would become the engine of the social media revolution a few years later I would find myself feeling like I was answering for America for all her gifts and all her flaws as a student abroad an American first in Tunisia and then at Oxford at a time when the world was growing skeptical about America's leadership in credibility by the weekend of my tenth college reunion I was at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan the course of my life altered by American foreign policy and through it I've seen at home in South Bend why foreign policy is not a theoretical discussion for the Americans that I serve from send-off ceremonies for reservists about to be deployed overseas to Union meetings of American autoworkers making German branded cars going to Chinese customers from right in our own st. Joseph County I have seen the local impact of global engagements the need for a new foreign policy vision could not be more urgent today since the election of the current president the United States hardly has a foreign policy at all unless that seem like a partisan jab I should acknowledge that for the better part of my lifetime it has been difficult to identify a consistent foreign policy in the Democratic Party either while the current administration lacks a coherent policy it does show a pattern a troubling one when it comes to its conduct abroad this administration has embraced and emboldened autocrats while alienating democracies and allies around the globe it is undermined America's alliances partnerships and treaties it is employed tariffs as tantrums provoked trade wars while disinvesting in the education health care and infrastructure fundamental to our nation's long-term strength it is set it has set defense spending priorities according to the Wars of the past rather than deterring Wars of the future and it has been hostile to immigration costing us people and skills we need while demonizing those who look or pray differently the pattern is that decisions are made impulsively erratically emotionally and politically often delivered by means of early morning tweet with little regard for strategy and no preparation for their long-term consequences we need a strategy not just to deal with individual threats rivalries and opportunities but to manage global trends that will define the balance of this half century in which my generation will live the majority of our lives we see workers struggling and inequality growing amid the uneven impacts of globalization and automation we see leaders promise again and again to end the forever wars only to fall short we see authoritarianism and crony capitalism on the rise globally while democratic values are in retreat here at home we see a season of largely unchallenged American power transitioning to a period shaped by the competition of newly rising economies at all this while our domestic and global institutions become increasingly weakened paralyzed and incapable of meeting the challenges we face and at the same time strange as it may seem to speak optimistically about America in the world right now I have great hope for the possibility that our moment holds across less than one human lifetime more than a billion people have been lifted out of extreme grinding poverty a global class of young entrepreneurs is emerging from Africa to South Asia while political leaders my age or younger are shaping new political agendas as they lead nations from Central America to Europe with the touch of a finger on a screen dissidents and Democrats across the globe have been connected and empowered and voices once silenced or shunned voices of women religious and ethnic minorities have been lifted to demand their rights and rightful place in society [Applause] so faced with this moment of enormous challenge and great possibility it is not enough just to say that we won't conduct foreign policy by tweet nor would it be honest to promise that we can restore an old order that cannot in any case meet the realities of a new moment Democrats can no more turn the clock back to the 1990s than Republicans can return us to the 1950s and we should not try now much was already broken when this president arrived and he immediately said about smashing whatever remained paradoxically this opens a unique window in which to grapple with the world as it is in the 21st century with greater urgency and in some ways greater freedom than before I often speak of the need for our politics and policies to contemplate the year 2050 for the year in which I hope to retire after reaching the current age of the current president thinking about the world three to four decades from now is exactly how we need to compete with countries like China because that is how they are planning thinking and investing now to think this far out in American policy we have to move beyond the news of the day to our deep core principles to cope with enormous change American foreign policy for the future must be securely valued in American values American interests and American relationships first and foremost values the greatest strategic advantage for America has always been the fact that our country has stood for values shared by humanity touching aspirations felt far beyond our borders [Applause] however imperfectly we have represented and defended principles of freedom and democracy that stir human beings wherever they live and whenever such principles have been vindicated around the world American strength has grown today we worry about the current administration's abandonment of the American commitment to promoting democratic values but just a few years ago it was Democrats who expressed skepticism as a Republican administration undertook a democracy promotion effort so violent and so misguided that its fallout very nearly made isolationists of my party to untangle the consequences of that scrambled period we must remember that the lesson of the Iraq disaster is not that there is anything wrong with standing for American values but rather that any action in the name of such values must be strategic legitimate and constrained by the premise that we only use force when left with no alternative this brings me to the concept of the national interest as any state does we advance our own distinct interests but much depends on the principles we uphold when pursuing them especially in the case of America the next president must set a high bar on the use of force and an exceedingly high bar on doing so unilaterally when America acts alone it can only be because core interests are at stake and because there is no alternative notably this is not currently true of the situation in Venezuela it is not currently true of the situation around Iran it is the difference between the necessary response to 9/11 in Afghanistan and the self-defeating invasion of Iraq it is in short the difference between Normandy and Saigon which brings us to the third pillar of a foreign policy vision American relationships our relationships bilateral relationships multinational alliances international institutions are the space in which our policy plays out each must be strengthened if we wish to promote American values and defend American interests with this framework in mind the tasks for the next president are clear first we must put an end to endless war and refocus on future threats [Applause] second we must promote American values by working to reverse the rise of authoritarianism abroad [Applause] third we must treat climate change as the existential security challenges fourth we must update the institutions through which we engage the world to address these 21st century challenges and opportunities and fifth we must do all this while involving citizens across America in a meaningful conversation about how foreign policy and national security concerned their communities and do more to include their voices and values in formulating our policies not only must America do this in order to prosper but the world also needs America to do these things the world needs an America free from entrapment in endless war and prepared to focus on future threats after 9/11 Congress passed and President George W Bush signed into law an authorization for the use of military force to eliminate the threat posed by Al Qaeda and to attack the Taliban in Afghanistan that law was barely two pages long yet it has been used for two decades to wage wars and launch military strikes from the mountains of the Hindu Kush to the African Sahel in mobilizing to meet the extremist threat we did achieve a measure of military victory but as the mission drifted the collateral damage to our national moral authority was enormous and we far too often bargained against our own values Congress abdicated its responsibility on issues of war and peace we spent four trillion dollars and lost thousands of American lives to say nothing of countless civilians caught in the crossfire I fear that someday soon we may receive news of the first US casualty of the 9/11 wars who was born after 9/11 as someone who deployed to that war on the orders of a president someone who believed back in 2014 that our involvement in Afghanistan was coming to an end and that I was one of the last to turn out the lights the time has come for Congress to repeal and replace that blank check on the use of force and ensure a robust debate on operation we should never again send troops into conflict without a clear definition of their mission and an understanding of what will come after [Applause] we should never again find ourselves in a situation like we did in 2017 when four US soldiers were killed on a counterterrorism mission in Nazaire only to have senators from both parties admit that they didn't even realize that we had a thousand troops stationed in that country correcting this is not only a matter of presidential restraint but of renewed congressional oversight the time for a Congress asleep at the switch must come to an end if members of our military can find the courage to deploy to a war zone then members of our Congress ought to be able to summon the courage to take tough votes on war in peace now our military capabilities exist of course for a reason we stand ready to use force under specific lawful circumstances and when there is no peaceful alternative I believe we should use force when there is a clear and present threat to the US when it is necessary to deter and defend against an attack on or imminent threat against the United States our citizens at home or abroad or our treaty allies and when we act as part of a legitimate international coalition to prevent genocide or other atrocities but when we meet must use force we must also have an endgame before during and after a deployment of troops we should also deploy diplomatic development and security assistance to guard against future instability [Applause] it is not enough to define what we would not do or how we would not get dragged in after all war itself represents a kind of failure and true success lies in preventing conflict this is why we must anticipate and prevent threats around the world in a clear-headed and forward-looking way among the threats to American and human security nuclear destruction remains paramount this is why preventing the spread of nuclear weapons should remain a core tenet of our global leadership for this reason I will rejoin our international partners and recommit the United States to the Iran nuclear deal [Applause] whatever its imperfections this was perhaps as close to a true art of the deal as it gets as even this administration repeatedly certified it was preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons it has helped constrain the military threat that Iran poses to Israel and Europe without leading us down a path to another Middle Eastern war this agreement was concluded not to do Iran a favor but because it is in our national security interest just as a parallel policy of confronting Iran's support for terrorism and abysmal human rights record reflects our values and security interests now recommitting to diplomacy with Iran will similarly strengthen our hand in North Korea for decades the United States and our allies have successfully deterred North Korean use of nuclear weapons at the same time it is also in the interest of regional security to advance peace on the Korean Peninsula so rather than a zero-sum insistence on full and complete denuclearization before any peace is possible we can recognize that these two processes can be mutually reinforcing with small steps leading to bigger ones you will not see me exchanging love letters on White House letterhead with a brutal dictator who starves and murders his own people but you will see my administration work to create the conditions that would make it possible to welcome North Korea into the international community but until we can change the present dynamic until there are good faith and verifiable reverses in North Korea's nuclear program sanctions must remain in place [Applause] now beyond state-sponsored nuclear proliferation we also face the continued threat of stateless terrorism and extremism at home and abroad the United States can't fix every fragile state where extremism might flourish but with proper legal authorities we should maintain limited focused and specialized counterterrorism and intelligence missions in places like Afghanistan to reduce the likelihood that such places will become launching pads for attacks on the United States or our allies we must also be proactive in confronting armed extremist threats at home [Applause] in my Navy counterterrorism training I learned about the ways in which terrorists top priority is to become your top priority so as a nation we have to decide as we go about our daily lives what level of risk is acceptable when it comes to our privacy versus our security what trade-offs are we willing to accept we must be vigilant in protecting our lives from threats pros posed by terrorists we must be no less vigilant in protecting our liberties from the threat of being undone by our own hand in times of widespread fear [Applause] and achieving such balance will be particularly important when we contemplate the possibility of a major security event between now and the next election knowing that in the past decade more Americans have been killed in America by right-wing extremists than by those inspired by Al Qaeda or Isis we need to acknowledge this threat too and redirect appropriate resources to combat right-wing extremism and violent light Nashville the world needs an America ready to reverse the rise of authoritarianism while revitalizing democracy at home and advancing it among our allies countries with models that fly in the face of our values from Chinese techno authoritarianism to Russian oligarchic capitalism to anti modern theocratic regimes in the Middle East all present a major challenge to us and it is no accident that their hostility to shared values comes as they also present a greater threat to our interests ironically at the very moment when American prestige and respect is collapsing it has never been more needed that America live up to the values we profess the world needs the best of America right now [Applause] now our approach to each region in the world should be guided by an understanding of our interests that is true to our values take the case of Russia which we should view not as a real estate opportunity but as a self-interested disruptive and adversarial actor as the most unequal economy of any major power Russia represents a striking example of what happens when a country attempts to set up capitalism without democracy and the forces unleashed their nationalism xenophobia homophobia and repression of the press are both highly disturbing in that country and disturbingly ascendance in our own country meanwhile Russia throws its weight around abroad most egregiously of course they're unacceptable interference in our elections which weakened America both by helping to elect an unstable administration and by eroding confidence in our democracy itself we must be ready to deter such behavior in the future through diplomatic economic and even cyber tools and information operations [Applause] but we must also deal with the real weaknesses that the Russians exploited not just the gaps in our technology but our capacity to be too easily turned against each other in this sense domestic problems from racism to social isolation have revealed themselves to be national security vulnerabilities we've also seen regionally destabilizing Russian behavior from activities on the Crimean Peninsula and in eastern Ukraine to conduct with regard to inter intermediate-range missiles future policy toward Russia must include a regional security framework that promotes stability for Eastern Europe and incentivizes Russia to adhere to international norms and central to this will be our partnerships sadly fractured and endangered by this administration but ready to be renewed and reinvigorated seventy years after the founding of NATO we must repair the strained relationships with our European allies not because we owe them or they owe us but because America is more effective when we work with strong and able partners and when those partners can trust America's word in Latin America to universal values that we support as Americans are at stake casual references to throwing US troops at situations like the crisis in Venezuela will not help but engagement will that means adding not subtracting to USAID efforts in Central America so that we can better address the crime corruption and poverty that contributes to mass migration in the first place and it means working closely with Mexico one of our largest trading partners knowing how much we have to gain when Mexico is more prosperous and stable and yes it means isolating dictatorship and encouraging democracy working in concert with our Latin American neighbors on the African continent the winds of change are sweeping aside old regimes and certitudes in Algeria a new generation has risen up against a sclerotic government in Sudan women have led a revolt against a criminal one and in Ethiopia we have seen what it looks like when Hope triumphs over hostility by 2025 nearly one fifth of the world's population will live in the nations of a rising Africa 60% of whose people are now under the age of 25 that continent now boasts some of the fastest growing economies in the world which have lifted millions out of poverty and into the global marketplace and as African people's demand greater accountability and transparency from their leaders the United States must stand ready to put our values into action to promote empowerment alongside economic engagement [Applause] from the Arctic to South Asia American interest will be better served when American behavior aligns with values and norms shared across humanity and as we mark the 30-year anniversary of the Kenan Mann massacre the challenge of China presents perhaps the most pressing example anywhere of the need to stand for American values amid the rise of a potent alternative the Chinese alternative is the international expansion of authoritarian capitalism as we speak the Chinese government is developing a repressive digital surveillance state in Xinjiang up to 1 million Muslim Weaver's are being interned in so-called re-education camps and China is investing more than a trillion dollars in its belt and Road initiative expanding its political and economic influence by building infrastructure throughout the Pacific Europe Africa and the Americas as they happily fill a vacuum left by American withdrawal of course we can cooperate with the Chinese on areas of mutual interest from climate disruption to combating terrorism to international peacekeeping operations but we also must be prepared to defend our values interests and relationships we will not be able to meet this challenge by sticking to a 20th century strategy nor will it suffice to reduce the China relationship to a tit for tat trade fight as if all that matters is the export/import balance on dishwashers [Applause] meeting the challenge of China means we must maintain investments in a military that can deter aggression and adventurism as with Russia we also need to invest in strategies to deal with less overt threats political interference proxy war cyberattacks and the potential weaponization of economic and technological interdependence but beyond that the new China challenge provides us with an opportunity to come together across the political divide at least half the battle is at home enhancing our domestic competitiveness and stability the idea that the American Way is superior will be difficult to authenticate as long as our federal government's is liable to shut down over policy disagreements as long as Congress can't deliver even on items of consensus among the American people we will not be very convincing if the world sees China invest more in infrastructure abroad then we are prepared to invest here at home we cannot compete for the global economic future if we continue to disinvest in education infrastructure health and technology if gross inequality and declining social mobility persist in our country our economic and political system will become less and less respected on the world stage which is why perhaps the single best thing we can do to rollback authoritarianism abroad is to model the strength of inclusive democratic capitalism right here in the United States [Applause] strength is more than military power it's our power of inspiration at key moments the world has envied not just our strength but our prosperity not just our prosperity but our Liberty if we lose that we lose what makes America exceptional and I fear we are losing it quickly it's hard to condemn crackdowns on a free press when our president calls our own news media the enemy of the people it is hard to stand for human rights abroad when we're turning away asylum seekers at our own borders it is hard to promote accountability and the rule of law when foreign governments can curry favor as cheaply as the bill for a few nights stay at the president's hotels and golf courses [Applause] our legitimacy abroad rests on our democracy at home so let's improve and revitalize our democracy with ambitious structural reforms let's get money out of politics let's de política our Supreme Court and yes when we're choosing the leader of our nation let's join the ranks of democratic peoples around the world who select their heads of government by Counting up all the votes and choosing the person who got the much above all let's lead with our values right here at home President Eisenhower was right to say whatever America hopes to bring to pass in the world must first come to pass in the heart of America we don't need a wall from sea to shining sea what we need is to manage immigration and our border humanely securely and effectively and at a time when authoritarians sea women's empowerment is inherently threatening and LGBTQ equality is a non-starter we will leave them behind by embracing the diversity of our stories as a strength and when synagogues and mosques have been viciously attacked let us aspire to the example of New Zealand's 38 year old prime minister Jacinda Arc let us emulate the way in which she reacted to the horrific slaughter not with walls but with words of welcome and decisive action we modeled these values at home in order to be convincing around the world we must also ensure that our relationships around the world reinforce the values that anchor us here at home that means upholding our values when dealing not just with our adversaries but with our allies the Middle East is one of the most important examples of a place where we can and most must uphold our values while advancing our interests we will remain open to working with the regime like the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the benefit of the American people but we can no longer sell out our deepest values for the sake of fossil fuel access and lucrative business deals if we recognize that the torture and execution of dissidents is wrong then we should have the courage to say that it is wrong on both sides of the Gulf the closer an ally the more important it is that we speak truth to them the security and survival of the Democratic State of Israel has been and continues to be an attentional essential tenet of u.s. foreign policy and is very much in our national interest which is why neither American nor Israeli leaders should play personal politics with the security of Israel and its neighbors [Applause] just as an American patriot may oppose the policies of the American president a supporter of Israel may also oppose the policies of the Israeli right-wing government [Applause] especially when we see increasingly disturbing signs that the netanyahu government is turning away from peace the suffering of the Palestinian people especially the humanitarian disaster in Gaza has many authors from the extremism of Hamas and the in efficacy of the Palestinian Authority to the indifference of the international community and yes the policies of the current Israeli government and now Gaza has become a breeding ground for the kind of extremism that only exacerbates threats to Israel and the reason region Israeli and Palestinian citizens should be able to enjoy the freedom to go about their daily lives without fear and to work to achieve economic well-being for their families as Israel's most powerful and most reliable ally the United States has the opportunity to shape a more constructive path with the tough and honest guidance that friendship and fairness require the current state of affairs cannot endure the pressure of history and the mathematics of demography mean that well before 2050 for Israelis and Palestinians will have come to see either peace or catastrophe a two-state solution that achieves legitimate Palestinian aspirations and meets Israel's security needs remains the only viable way forward and it will be our policy to support such a solution actively and if Prime Minister Netanyahu makes good on his threat to annex West Bank settlements he should know that a president Budaj would take steps to ensure that American taxpayers won't help foot the bill at home and abroad it is not too late for America to restore her leadership position as a beacon of values that are both universal and at the core of the American project democracy freedom shared security the world does need America to model our values and the world needs America to prioritize climate security [Applause] as a mayor who has had to activate my city's Emergency Operations Center for floods that were supposed to come less than once-in-a-lifetime and done so twice in two years I have seen the homeland implications of this threat we've seen warnings from a generation ago realized today in floods in Indiana tornadoes in Alabama hurricanes in Puerto Rico and the fires in California and despite what we hear from this administration and from far too many Republicans in positions of responsibility climate disruption is here it is no longer a distant or theoretical issue it is a clear and present threat and as traditionally conservative sectors from the business community led by the insurance industry to our own military leaders repeatedly remind us climate instability is a threat multiplier it can accelerate the spread of pandemics food insecurity and mass migration research even shows a significant link between temperature rise and the frequency of conflict the balance of my lifetime will play out in an era of climate driven international instability in other venues I've had more to say about how America can rise to this national challenge it's an approach that should include a carbon tax and dividend to reorient our economy around a more sensible reward system it includes quadrupling American R&D to at least twenty five billion dollars a year [Applause] leading the way on research into renewable energy energy storage and carbon storage [Applause] I believe it also means we should empower rural America to be part of the solution helping to unlock the potential of soil management and other 21st century farming techniques [Applause] and we could offer a new kind of support for cities and towns seeking to reduce their dependence on carbon but today I want to emphasize the potential of climate diplomacy and the kind of world we might build when climate stands alongside democracy and human rights as a central goal and a source of legitimate legitimacy for nations in global affairs rejoining Paris is just the beginning as one of over 400 mayor's who committed to upholding the Paris goals and having seen how cities are rising to meet this challenge even as our respective national governments lag behind I believe that the US should foster not only international but sub-national engagement to meet a challenge whose solutions could be as unifying as its threats are universal we would do well to host a Pittsburgh summit of cities to form commitments that will stand alongside the Paris framework among countries [Applause] building a robust global framework for climate diplomacy is the right thing to do it also benefits American interests not only because we all stand to lose from climate disruption but also because countries that share our values tend to be countries with a better track record on climate it's hard to believe that it would be a coincidence that extract an extraction economies and polluting societies are so often those with a tendency toward authoritarianism if we promote democracy we will also be promoting climate action and vice-versa and by taking seriously the threat of climate disruption we might go a long way toward improving a climate of global cooperation [Applause] so yes the world needs America to lead on climate and forth the world needs America to update the institution's through which we engage with the world ensuring that they reflect the fact that our world is closer to 2054 than it is to 1945 to shape this young century to our advantage we must renew our national security architecture our military certainly but also our intelligence communications diplomatic and development institutions it begins with taking a hard look at defence the u.s. has long sought to maintain total dominance in conventional war but in the coming decades we are more likely than ever to face insurgencies asymmetric attacks and high-tech strikes with cyber weapons or drones yet our latest defense budget calls for spending more on three virginia-class submarines ten point two billion dollars then on cyber defenses it proposes spending more on a single frigate than on artificial intelligence and machine learning to adequately prepare for our evolving security challenges we need to look not only at how much we're spending on our military but what we're prioritizing and chief among those priorities must be the sacred obligation we have to take care of the men and women who fight our Wars [Applause] half our veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan have applied for long-term disability benefits we owe our veterans the best healthcare through a strong and modern VA which demands a significant investment to expand the quality and quantity of mental health treatment available [Applause] but caring for veterans also means helping them and their families return to the normalcy they seek and that is not just a government responsibility it's something all of us can do human connection is the most underrated and important component of community reintegration I am proud that in South Bend we piloted an initiative to do more than say thank you for your service to do more than offer just another website where I live veterans and their families are not viewed as a problem to be solved but is talent to be competed for they are engineers little league coaches elected officials and I want to enlist our communities to help them give of their extraordinary abilities [Applause] beyond taking a smarter approach to our defense and our care for veterans we must also rethink our intelligence and communications we owe our intelligence community a deep debt of gratitude for the manner in which they stepped up and safeguarded our security in the years since 9/11 but for too long they have focused on too few threats in a world where data and disinformation dominate we should revitalize our intelligence services with an investment in new people and a renewed commitment to tools like human intelligence and next-generation information operations the same goes for spreading the right kinds of information it's not enough to combat falsehoods we must also disseminate truth [Applause] the nation that helped solidarity rise in Poland to begin the downfall of communism in Europe has let the tools with which we once spread our message become weak and siloed it's time we took an integrated and innovative approach bridging public and private sectors international communications must not be a neglected subset of our global engagement it is a key to helping the world understand who we are and what we stand for ultimately our national security and foreign affairs strategy will only be as robust and sophisticated as the people we recruit to carry it out the world is not standing still to successfully navigate these dynamics and seize new opportunities will require a new generation of Americans fluent in different languages and cultures comfortable in a digital world deeply committed to the American project a foreign policy that serves our people in their daily lives can best be made by government officials who represent the full diversity of our people for far too long our national security establishment has not reflected this diversity so we must work to upgrade our hiring practices to promote diversity and excellence and no matter where they come from our finest minds should find it as attractive and compelling to serve in Foggy Bottom or USAID or Langley as it is to work on Wall Street or in Silicon Valley [Applause] we should establish flexible career paths for civilians working in defense diplomacy and intelligence with benefits appropriate for a generation that will change professions more often than my parents generation change job titles for those who choose this path it will not always be easy much of this work happens in the most dangerous parts of the world and our foreign service officers and development officials our intelligence community must know that Congress and their president have their backs are committed to their mission understand and have prepared for the risks and will not abandon them or their mission nor scapegoat them in congressional investigations at the first sign of trouble and will absolutely not use them as political props or paws the world needs America to cultivate a diverse and talented generation of personnel ready to engage globally and finally the world needs America to be in touch with our own communities a foreign policy for 2054 must be grounded in the everyday lives of communities across the United States one thing I've learned on the job in South Bend is that all politics is not just local but personal for someone and global politics is no exception yet the discussion in the media in the Academy and in official Washington seems to proceed sometimes as if foreign policy were far off in its impact and meaning one former official recently acknowledged when the national security seems team sat around the Situation Room table we rarely posed the question what will this mean for the middle class in my white house we will because our purpose is abroad are rooted in our aspirations at home [Applause] our innovators are empowered to compete in the global marketplace only if our leaders are relentless in ensuring that intellectual property is protected our workers are empowered to secure their fair share of global economic growth only if workers abroad cannot be stripped of labor rights and forced to produce at unfair wages that undercut American workers our Muslim friends and neighbors are empowered to work and live and contribute to our communities only if their government honors their faith [Applause] decisions made in the White House Situation Room do reverberate throughout America's living rooms and every decision concerning the South China Sea should be made through the prism of what it means for a place like South Bend in a globalized century no city no community is an island when a manufacturer announces that this trade war with China could potentially cost the company hundreds of millions this year that matters to the folks who work at their facility on the west side of South Bend globalization is not going away so we must insist on policies that ensure that working families in cities like mine can play a more appealing role in the story of globalization than the role of victim and we do that by reaffirming our long-standing international tradition by tapping the cultural richness of our immigrant families and by harnessing the potential of global markets we do it by unleashing the full power of the most global institutions on our local soil colleges and universities like this one which teaches more languages than any other school in America training that next generation of global leaders and we do it by ensuring that our local leaders our state and local experts our governor's yes our mayor's are not bystanders in that dialogue whether the issue is climate change or trade or immigration local leaders should be at the table from the beginning empowered to speak with our national diplomatic commercial and military leaders to thrive in the coming decades we must bring the foreign policy conversation out of Washington and into the rest of the country and bring the rest of the country into the Washington foreign policy conversation when I was deployed living the famous military rhythm of hurry up and wait I spent much more time reading and reflecting than I usually do at home I thought about how Wars start how they end and how sometimes they don't I thought about the Australian soldier sitting next to me in the hall at Bagram even though nobody attacked his country on 9/11 because that's what partners and allies do I thought about the diplomats and development workers painstakingly brokering cease fires and stabilizing war-torn regions the Trade Representative somewhere in Geneva whose work would determine whether someone's job at the tool and dye Factory in st. Joe County goes overseas or whether a community like ours would be able to attract foreign investment and after a long day split between processing intelligence at my desk in a modified shipping container and driving my commander across the hauntingly beautiful and violent city of Kabul I'd carry a laptop up to the roof at midnight pick up a Wi-Fi signal and Skype into a city staff meeting back home in South Bend that tenuous digital link was a reminder that the counter-narcotics efforts of my threat finance cell ultimately mattered to a community on the banks of the st. Joseph River but there was a relationship between the city streets I was navigating in an armored SUV in Afghanistan and the ones I was responsible for paving in South Bend the world needs America but not just any America not an America that has reduced itself to just one more player scrapping its way through an amoral worldwide scrum for narrow advantage it has to be America at our best the America that the forward-looking vision to do things like confront Nazism and rebuild Europe and even invent the Internet inside a research arm of our Defense Department it has to be an America that knows how to make better the everyday life of its citizens and of people around the world knowing how much one has to do with the other to do so is to keep our nation safe it is to master change rather than be made small and fearful by it it is to see vindicated the values that make our nation what it is and it is to deserve to be described in terms like greatness none of us will live to see the end of history rather in our lifetimes the choices of the generations now living may well fashion more than our share of history much will depend on our fidelity to our own values and we will not have to wait until 2050 for to feel the judgment of history on this season this set of moments on which the trajectory of the American project and so much of the future of the modern world will depend the world needs America to be the best it's ever been and now it falls to us to set the bearing of our nation let us choose well thank you it's an honor to be with you thank you very much hey NBC News fans thanks for checking out our YouTube channel subscribe by clicking on that button down here and click on any of the videos over here to watch the latest interviews show highlights and digital exclusives thanks for watching

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  1. This guy is good. Every line of his speech had a very strong message about him and his views.

  2. Buttigieg? He’s a TYPICAL democrat… Not a Man!

  3. If American people decide to elect him, in my perdonal opinion and my predictions is This Mayor Pete can do something to change a New America. And I'm sure you have nothing to regrets once the Majority American choose him. God be with Him.

  4. RhondaH says:

    That was a totally awesome speech. Mayor Pete distinguished himself here as a qualified and very competent candidate for president. I can honestly say I haven't been so moved by a speech since I heard Pres. Obama speak in 2004 at the DNC convention.

  5. Zach Good says:

    Did I just hear a politician at the national level reference the Sahel in Africa? I haven't heard anything that specific in years.

  6. Zach Good says:

    "I'm not going to lay out a Buttigieg Doctrine."

    Proceeds to lay out a Buttigieg Doctrine

  7. Zach Good says:

    Pete Buttigieg winning in 2020 would be the worst thing that ever happens to us Millennials…because for 8 years all we'll hear from our parents is "Why can't you be more like that Pete Buttigieg?"

  8. I'm proud of Him. He is real deal excellent communicator and Speaker. He is a real Scholar
    He speak with sense will educate in each American believes in American values. This is the young man to sit in the Oval Office. "NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. I remember John F . Kenedy.

  9. Wow, a president who isn't a psychopath? He may be the one to return the system to balance, he is big enough to cede power back to the congress where it was designed to be. The president's one role is to execute the laws.

  10. Simplicio says:

    N.B.C. News misspells Pete Buttigieg's name in a YouTube video title, more at seven.

  11. Adam Tak says:

    I love Pete. Too bad we live in a cruel world where people are sadly going to dismiss him based on his sexual orientation… regardless of how great of a candidate he is.

  12. This guy is phonier that Obama. You will not see any change with this guy. He is all talk and no history to prove it. There is only one candidate who has been consistent and proven for the past 40 years. No one else will be able to bring the changes that we need in this country.

  13. So very refreshing to hear Mayor Pete speak, he is so informed, so intelligent, knows government and government policies, and man of true intellect and integrity. NONE of the other democrat candidates for president has the knowledge Mayor Pete has, he doesn't pretend to know ALL the answers but he will work on what needs to be done to bring back the respect we no longer have as an American. I'm sure he will chose a staff that will work together to bring back the unity that this divided country currently has because of the DICTATOR that plays golf and tweets all day. Time to get rid of the men in diapers, and bring in some young blood, this country is so ready for someone like Mayor Pete…

  14. Leo Fua says:

    This had the feel of a State of the Union address. Foreshadowing?

  15. char m says:

    I've started listening to Mayor Pete before bed instead of guided meditation…. I could listen to him all day, the sound of his voice and the content of his words are both so reassuring

  16. Ari Z says:

    On every count, he gets it.

  17. Will0928 says:

    Horrible. Can't believe people are so gullible to be falling for this guy's schtick. Ask him what he's going to do for the working class and he'll tell you "policies aren't important". This guy is just another Obama. Yes, Obama is better than what we have now but not by much. Obama turned 2 wars into 7, bailed out Wall St while giving the middle finger to Main St, his healthcare reform was weak (no government option), he went after whistle blowers more times than all previous presidents combined, locked up journalists who refused to reveal their sources, drone striked American citizens, I could go on and on. He was a sycophant for the rich and powerful… the "elite". Same with Mayor Pete. People need to wake up.

  18. D Pop says:

    He is so god damned right about everything.

  19. Mark Allen says:

    I support Mayor Pete for president.

  20. Frank Starr says:

    Memo to NBC: As every Hoosier knows, it's Indiana University, not "University of …."

  21. He is a terrific speaker, I love every single statement he made

  22. 👍👍🙏🏻🙏🏻✊✊✊ #presidentialpete

  23. Pete's name is spelled wrong in the title. I before E. He is simply Amazing. The RFK of 2020 !

  24. Impressive, thank goodness the calm, someone making a load of sense, amidst the surrounding raging storms!
    👍👍👍✊✊✊

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