Bush: Blueprint For a New World Order

December 18, 1992

The following is excerpted from remarks President Bush delivered Tuesday at the University of Texas in Austin.

The new world could, in time, be as menacing as the old. And let me be blunt: A retreat from American leadership -- from American involvement -- would be a mistake for which future generations, indeed our own children, would pay dearly.

But we can influence the future. We can rededicate ourselves to the hard work of freedom. And this doesn't mean running off on reckless, expensive crusades. It doesn't mean bearing the world's burdens all alone. But it does mean leadership -- economic, political and, yes, military -- when our interests and values are at risk and where we can make a difference. And when we place our young men and women of the military in harm's way, we must be able to assure them and their families that their mission is defined, and that its success can be achieved.

Our foundation must be the democratic community that won the Cold War. And we've begun to adapt America's political, economic and defense relationships with Europe and Japan to ensure their vitality and strength in this new era. For these will continue to be essential partners in addressing the next generation of problems and opportunities.

For example, we've begun to transform the Atlantic Alliance, that bulwark against the Soviet threat, into a partnership with a more united Europe -- a partnership primed to meet new security challenges in this age of uncertainty. And a new feature of our alliance, the North Atlantic Cooperation Council, enables NATO to reach out to our former adversaries in the Warsaw Pact.

And in the Pacific, we've affirmed the importance of the U.S.-Japan security ties to stability in Asia. But we're also exploring ways to work together as global partners to address common interests -- in economics, development and regional problems.

We've committed ourselves to expanding the democratic community by supporting political and economic freedom in nascent democracies and market economies. And we're sharing this burden with the very nations America helped after World War II.

In Central and Eastern Europe, our enterprise funds and other programs have helped develop a new political, economic and civic infrastructure for nations long oppressed by Stalin's legacy. Now the Freedom Support Act will provide crucial help for reform the lands of our former enemies.

In Latin America, the day of the dictator has given way to the dawn of democracy. This very day, our vice president is taking part in a ceremony in El Salvador that caps the long effort to end the killing and give the people there the opportunity to live in peace.

Throughout the region, economic initiatives are helping a new generation of leaders reform their societies. The Brady Plan and our Enterprise for the Americas Initiative have opened up extraordinary possibilities for a new relationship with our hemispheric neighbors. Investment, free trade, debt relief and environmental protection will nurture the home-grown reforms throughout Latin America.

We're strengthening the ability of the democratic community to deal with the political land mines that the Cold War has exposed -- aggressive nationalism, ethnic conflict, civil war and humanitarian crises. The United States has led the world in supporting a United Nations more capable with dealing with these crises.

And all over the world -- Nicaragua, Namibia, Angola, Cambolia -- we promoted elections not only as a goal but as a tool, a device for resolving conflicts and establishing political legitimacy.

Of vital interest to every young person is the area of security and arms control. We've stepped up patrols against the spread of weapons of mass destruction. The new Chemical Weapons Convention will ban chemical weapons from the arsenals of all participating states. We've strengthened multilateral export controls on nuclear and chemical and biological and missile-related technologies. And in a mission without precedent, U.N. Inspection team is demolishing Iraq's unconventional weapons capability. And we're going to support them everyinch of the way.

Once implemented, the agreements we've negotiated will ban new nuclear states on the territory of the former Soviet Union. Above all, we've sought to erase nuclear nightmares from the sleep of future generations.

We underscored one key security principle with a line in the sand: Naked aggression against our vital interests will be answered decisively by American resolve, American leadership

and American might. Our victory in the Persian Gulf was more than a blow for justice. It was a reminder to other would-be aggressors that they will pay a price for their outlaw acts.

We've been committed to building the basis for sustained international economic growth for ourselves and for those nations of what were once the so-called second and third worlds. The heart of our efforts has been the creation of a stronger and freer international trading market.

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