WASHINGTON, September 15, 2013 — Using principles that established this nation, George Washington set great foreign policy precedent that in many ways laid the foundation for
George Washington considered three foundational American principles when dealing with defense and foreign policy.
#1 There must be a strong defense capability.
#2 The civil authority must be supreme over the military authority.
#3 Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; permanent alliances with none.
Each step taken thus far by President Obama exudes weakness not the “peace through strength” mantra that has guided our great leaders. Weakness does not command respect nor does it win the day on the battlefield of ideas, morals or combat.
We are weak due to continued cuts in military preparedness.
Congressman Buck McKeon wrote in the Wall Street Journal that Obama has reduced our military funding by $1.2 trillion over the last five years and has initiated another $50 billion cut under sequestration for 2014. This is all while sending more troops to
We are weak when our leaders talk tough about military strikes against a country that has not attacked us.
We are weak when messages indicate our fighting forces are for sale.
At one point, the Administration talked about the Saudis or other
In his fifth message to Congress (1793), George Washington said, “There is a rank due to the
In other words, talk is cheap. Be ready to go fully into war if attacked. Otherwise, keep out of the skirmishes among nations.
Paul Carrese, professor of political science at the Air Force Academy, writes for Public Discourse on
Carrese groups Washington with Lincoln and Churchill as statesmen “guided not by abstract moral principles alone but by prudence that connects larger moral ends with particular actions and policies.”
Successful foreign policy from
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