Political instability around the world has resulted in increased tensions, terrorism and open warfare. The ongoing conflicts in the Middle East clearly illustrate the price of freedom, democracy and free enterprise. Conditions in areas of conflict have dramatic effects on our economy and influenc our country’s long-range military plans and diplomatic strategies.
Now is the time to be cutting off funding for major defense programs such as missile defense and space, as we will lose our military position as the greatest superpower in the world. America’s military is being weakened from overuse and underfunding. If we stay on this path we could see America become as weak as it was under President Carter. The world today is a dangerous place for Americas and for freedom everywhere.
If we close our eyes, we could see as strong Islamic-fascist terrorist network take over more countries in the Middle East and once again threaten us here at home. The terrorists have stated that they intend to build a totalitarian Islamic empire that will encircle all current and former Muslim lands from Europe to North Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
Our security interests around the world have been instrumental in developing our diplomatic, economic, informational, and military strategies since the birth of our Nation. President Ronald Reagan put it best when he stated, "Stop apologizing for America's legitimate national interests and start asserting them."