Americans now wait to learn just how badly and where our national defense will suffer at a time when it can be least afforded. After all, terrorists are emboldened not by YouTube videos, but by a weakened American defense. Absent American leadership, the world will only become a far more dangerous place.
President Obama appears unserious about, and uninterested in, leading. He does, however, seem plenty interested in election year politics. Despite the violence in the Middle East, President Obama has not canceled a single campaign event or fundraiser. Even on the evening following the deaths in Benghazi, President Obama jetted off to a fundraiser in Las Vegas. Truly incredible!
Times like these remind us that the paramount goal of our government is to protect the sovereignty and security of our people. President Obama would be wise to understand and abide by such a standard. Our allies — including Israel — and those who might question our resolve must know that America will do all that is necessary to protect our way of life and secure peace. That is the level of leadership needed to ensure our nation remains the most powerful force for the defense of liberty.
Rep. Tom Price serves as the chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee. He is a member of the House Committee on the Budget, as well as the House Committee on Ways and Means.