*“US leaders also must restore their commitment to international law and multilateral cooperation . . .”
*“[P]romoting expansion of the UN Security Council’s permanent membership to include Japan, India, Germany, and one country each from Africa and Latin America.”
*“[E]xpanding the G8 to include new economic giants like India and China.”
*“The US government must join the International Criminal Court and respect all
international treaties, including the Geneva Conventions.”
*“On environmental issues, the United States must be the leader, not the laggard, in
global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by embracing the Kyoto Protocol on global warming, and then, going well beyond it, leading the world with a man-on-the-moon effort to improve energy efficiency and to commercialize clean, alternative technologies.”
*“[S]top considering diplomatic engagement with others as a reward for good behavior.”
*Various efforts to contain nuclear proliferation, including ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.
*“The United States needs to start showing, both through its words and through its actions, that this is not, as the Jihadists [and Conservative Islamophobes - C] claim, a clash of civilizations. Rather, it is a clash between civilization and barbarity.”
*“The United States also needs to pressure Egypt, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and other friends in the Arab world to reform their education systems, which are incubators of anti-US sentiment.”
*“[P]ressure pharmaceutical companies to allow expanded use of generic drugs, and it should encourage public-private partnerships to reduce costs and enhance access to anti-malarial drugs and bed nets.”
*[P]romote a multilateral Marshall Plan for the Middle East and North Africa.
It's a long article, and I'm still digesting parts of it, but I like this plan:
Most urgently, the United States must focus on the real security threats, from which Iraq has so dangerously diverted its attention. This means doing the hard work to build strong coalitions to fight terrorists and to stop nuclear proliferation. There is a pronounced need for better human intelligence and better international intelligence and law enforcement coordination to prevent nuclear trafficking. US diplomatic leadership is needed to unite the world, including Russia and China, to sanction the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea, and to provide these nations with positive incentives and face-saving ways to renounce nuclear weapons.
Richardson's chance of being elected is slim, but he'd make a great Secretary of State.