August 16, 1999: Promoting Investments in Peace


"Standing by our military means we must do more than prepare our people to fight wars; we must work with equal determination to prevent wars. The costliest peace is cheaper than the cheapest war."

President Bill Clinton
Monday, August 16, 1999

In his address to the VFW, President Clinton saluted Americans who have served in uniform, both past and present, and emphasized the need to invest in peace by fully funding the international affairs budget The budget funds programs dealing with issues such as conflict resolution, strengthening young democracies, and combating terrorism helping to minimize the need for military intervention abroad. The President highlighted the following initiatives:

In its FY2000 foreign operations appropriations bills, Congress slashed the President's request for overall NIS assistance programs

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