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Posted: March 3, 2003

BIDEN: FOREIGN POLICY ADDRESS AT NYU

NEW YORK In a speech at New York University today, U.S. Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, discussed achieving real national security, war in Iraq, and the war on terrorism in terms of America's place in the world since the end of the Cold War.  

Biden said that in order to achieve real security we need to organize ourselves and our resources differently. 

"Our new war is not a Cold War but a Borderless War," he said, noting that the end of the bipolar world should not mean the beginning of unilateralism. 

Biden continued, "We have too narrow a view of national security.  We are still mired in Cold War thinking. We have yet to develop a comprehensive approach to national security that addresses the growing vulnerability people are feeling. 

"Yesterday's soccer moms have become today's security moms. And we have to do all we can to make them feel less vulnerable.  We need a thoughtful long-term strategy - not an ad hoc reactive policy that relies on tired old notions or shortsighted ideas that deal with the urgent at the expense of the important," Biden concluded. 

"It's not enough to pre-empt problems when they erupt.  We have to prevent them from happening in the first place."

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