Thursday, March 15, 2007

John Edwards: Poverty is a national security issue.

Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards on Thursday outlined what he called “an audacious plan” to tackle global poverty that includes educating 23 million children in poor countries and creating a Cabinet-level position to oversee other initiatives.

Seeking to link poverty in other countries to the United States’ national security, Edwards argued that militant extremists in nations torn apart by poverty and civil war have replaced government educational systems and are teaching young people to hate the United States.

“When you understand that, it suddenly becomes clear: Global poverty is not just a moral issue for the United States – it is a national security issue for the United States,” he said at Saint Anselm College.

“If we tackle it, we have the chance to change a generation of potential extremists and enemies into a generation of friends,” Edwards said.