Cathy Burke, newsmax.com
Image from article, with caption: Connecticut's former Democratic Sen. Joseph Lieberman, who is now an independent (ID-CT) (R) and former Arizona Republican Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) (L) speak during a news conference on Capitol Hill April 28, 2009 in Washington, DC.
Two former U.S. Senators are urging America's next president to "restore leadership" in the world in national security, trade, human rights and military might.
In an open-letter posted in The Hill Monday, former Arizona Republican Sen. Jon Kyl and Connecticut's former Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman, who is now an independent, argue that "American leadership still matters." ...
The former lawmakers also write a top priority of "all — hawks and doves, left and right" is that "diplomatic solutions and public diplomacy … focus on human rights as a core priority."
"That means a better, smarter foreign affairs budget, recalling that all of our largest trading partners are former recipients of U.S. aid," they write. "It also means protecting and amplifying the soft power that has been a hallmark of American leadership for so long."
American leadership also will have to be reasserted in "the rules-based international system that allows for free trade, the openness of the Internet and the protection of intellectual property rights" — or risk it coming "under threat," they write.