WaPo Ed Board & Cantor Agree

Posted by Megan Whittemore on

Today’s Washington Post editorial echoes much of Majority Leader Cantor’s recent national security speech calling for an America that leads:

WAPO EDITORIAL: PRESIDENT OBAMA’S FOREIGN POLICY IS BASED ON FANTASY: “But the United States discovered each time that the world became a more dangerous place without its leadership and that disorder in the world could threaten U.S. prosperity. Each period of retrenchment was followed by more active (though not always wiser) policy. Today Mr. Obama has plenty of company in his impulse, within both parties and as reflected by public opinion. But he’s also in part responsible for the national mood: If a president doesn’t make the case for global engagement, no one else effectively can.”

MAJORITY LEADER CANTOR: AN AMERICA THAT LEADS: “America’s friends worry we have lost our way, that we have lost the will to live up to our values or stand up to aggressors. They see a divided, inward-looking America that is focused on its weaknesses rather than its strengths, and they know this is an America that invites challenges and emboldens adversaries. Many Americans, and politicians from both parties, want to believe the tide of war has receded. As was the case in the wake of World War I, many want to believe the costly foreign interventions of recent years can simply be put behind us. That we can simply choose not to be involved…The inconvenient truth is policies of retreat and retrenchment make conflict more likely. Ignoring the growing danger of radical Islamic terrorism or treating it as a law enforcement problem has not made the threat any less real.”

We need an America that leads again.





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