One of Senator Hagel's strong points is his expertise and experience in foreign policy and trade. The following is from what Chuck Hagel wrote the letter mentioned in earlier posts. Foreign policy and trade was one of his six priorities.
“Our foreign policy has always been anchored to a strong national defense. However, the world’s problems will not be solved by the military alone. We must understand that the success of our policies will depend not only on the extent of our power, but forming consensus of common interest with our allies and friends around the world. We must inspire our allies to share in the enterprise of making a better world. One way we do this is throughTechnorati tags: Sen. Chuck Hagel, Foreign Policy, Trade
’s continued leadership in the global economy. The America must expand free trade agreements and encourage intra-regional trade and investment in developing regions. During times of uncertainty and change, countries are tempted to close markets and protect domestic industries. Americans are not immune from this and have in the past sought refuge in an insular political tradition that has contributed to isolationism at home and instability abroad. These temptations must be resisted, and hard-earned lessons should not be forgotten.” United States