1st Session

H. RES. 227

Calling for the adoption of a Sensible, Multilateral American Response Terrorism (SMART) security platform for the 21st century.


March 7, 2007

Ms. WOOLSEY submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs


Calling for the adoption of a Sensible, Multilateral American Response Terrorism (SMART) security platform for the 21st century.

Whereas the procurement or development of weapons of mass destruction, acts of terrorism, failed and fragile states, and global instability represent urgent threats to peace and security in the 21st century;

Whereas, in an early 2007 joint statement, former United States national security officials Henry Kissinger, Sam Nunn, George Schultz, and Bill Perry called for establishing a goal for the global elimination of nuclear weapons;

Whereas the over-reliance of the United States on unilateral military force and the use of preventive military action undermine international law and contribute to anti-American sentiment;

Whereas institutions, such as a Department of Peace, could provide a platform for the SMART security plan;

Whereas the gap between United States investments in development, diplomacy, and defense is increasing, with a ratio of 17 dollars spent on defense for every one dollar spent on development and diplomacy;

Whereas recent polls find that large majorities of Americans feel that the United States puts too much emphasis on military force and unilateral action, and there is majority support for a shift in the emphasis of United States foreign policy in favor of diplomacy, multilateral cooperation, and investments in development programs to address the root causes of terrorism;

Whereas the 2006 National Security Strategy identifies development, diplomacy, and defense as the three pillars of United States security, yet development and diplomacy efforts remain underutilized and underfunded;

Whereas a Sensible, Multilateral American Response to Terrorism (SMART) security platform for the 21st century embraces international law and cooperation, reduces the proliferation of weapons, demonstrates respect for human rights, promotes democracy and sustainable development, and addresses emerging threats early and effectively before they reach crisis levels; and

Whereas to effectively implement such a response to terrorism, the United States needs a SMART security platform for the 21st century that--

(1) prevents future acts of terrorism by strengthening international institutions and respect for the rule of law;

(2) reduces the threat and stops the spread of weapons of mass destruction and reduces the proliferation of conventional weapons;

(3) addresses root causes of terrorism and violent conflict;

(4) shifts United States budget priorities to more effectively meet the security needs of the United States; and

(5) pursues to the fullest extent alternatives to war: Now, therefore, be it