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 there have had dramatic effects on our economy and have influenced our country’s long-range military plans and diplomatic strategies.
America’s military is being weakened from overuse and underfunding. The world today is a dangerous place for Americans and for freedom everywhere. If we close our eyes, we can see a 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.
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.”
Now is not 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, which will destroy the world as we know it today.