We cannot be isolationists and put our heads in the sand as some have suggested. It is not 1911; the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean no longer provide a secure barrier against attack. With the increasing instability in the Middle East the ability to determine who is a friend and who is an adversary is more important than ever. We must keep our friends close and our enemies closer.
This does not require the United States to be the world's police force or engage in nation building.
We must balance the interest of National Security and the protection of citizens’ rights, freedoms, and property while promoting a foreign policy that preserves America's sovereignty, extends the benefits of freedom to the world and ensures we remain the “light of Liberty”, strong, powerful and free.
We must remain strong and not let our guard down when it comes to the prevalent threat in the middle east; a potentially nuclear armed Iran. Together with our allies we must continue to impose economic sanctions, diplomatically isolate Iran and keep the military option on the table. However, we must only take military action when the threat presents a creditable clear and present danger to the stability of the Middle East, our allies and security of the United State We most not stand idly by and let Iran develop its nuclear program and obtain nuclear weapons.
The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Pakistan is not necessarily a friendbut it is one of our most important allies in the global war on terror. At the same time it has been the source of the most extreme, and at times, violent anti-American protest in the region.. This puts the U.S. in a very unique situation. We must be cautious when defining how we deal with Pakistan.
We have been aware for some time that terrorists’ residing in Pakistan and along its’ border with Afghanistan are a threat to our troops in the region, and as far as the information publicly available, we are combating that threat. We must deal with Pakistan in a manner that will cause its’ leadership to put an end to their back-door support of terrorist activities.
We must continue troop draw-downs, cautiously withdrawing from Afghanistan. The death of bin Laden provided a boast to morale throughout the ranks, here at home and with our allies. However, it did not provide a corresponding boost to Afghan security forces or reduce the overall terrorist threat.
While I fully support a withdrawal of our troops from Afghanistan we must be cautious and ensure our actions do not lead to an al-Qeada resurgence or endanger the lives of the remaining U.S. service men and women. As the draw down continues we must look towards our military leaders to put a next best strategy on the table, a strategy that will ensure the stability of the region and the security of the United States.