The world is an unstable place. The Middle East is in chronic chaos with evolving terrorist organizations and unpredictable state regimes. Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin continues to challenge America’s democratic influence. Closer to home, dictators in Cuba and Venezuela seek to maintain suppression of their own people.
When the United States shows weakness, bad actors become emboldened and make the world more dangerous. America must lead with a clear voice that supports our allies and opposes our enemies. As a former policy advisor to the White House, I know that our nation needs leaders who embrace the concept of smart power and understand peace is only achieved through strength.