Chairman Mike Rogers Statement on President Obama’s Foreign Policy Speech at West Point

May 28, 2014
Chairman Mike Rogers Statement on President Obama’s Foreign Policy Speech at West Point

For Immediate Release                            Contact:  Susan Phalen (Rogers)
May 28, 2014                                                           Susan.Phalen@mail.house.gov

Chairman Mike Rogers Statement on President Obama’s Foreign Policy Speech at West Point

“I am pleased to see the President engage the American people on national security policy in a substantive way.

“I appreciate the President’s intentions, but the United States of America must act boldly as we confront a dangerous world. And we must not only speak as if we are an exceptional nation – we must act like it. America has a unique place in the world as the global leader and stabilizing force.  A coherent national security strategy requires a recognition of the world the way it is, and not the way we wish it were. 

“America must confront not only a growing terrorist threat, but we are also seeing the rise of nation-state powers, like Russia and China, that seek to change the international order and undermine international institutions to their benefit. It is dangerous not to recognize the long-term threat to the global order posed by these developments.

“Authoritarian regimes like Syria, Russia, Iran and North Korea don’t respond to words or threats about complying with international norms; they respond to actions and strength. I look forward to working with the President to help shape American’s national security policies to address these many threats.”

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