John Bolton says he is seriously considering a GOP presidential run in 2012, because of President Barack Obama’s dismal record in safeguarding national security, according to a story written by the former U.N. ambassador Monday on the website Humanevents.com
“Adam Smith wrote in ‘The Wealth of Nations’ that ‘the first duty of the sovereign, that of protecting the society from the violence and invasion of other independent societies, can be performed only by means of a military force,’” Bolton wrote. “Today, failing to protect our national security inevitably endangers our economic prosperity by making us vulnerable to global adversaries. Obama’s policies are jeopardizing not only our national security and economy, but our constitutional sovereignty too.”
Bolton said that under the debt-ceiling legislation, $700 billion to $800 billion may be slashed from the defense budget. The sum would add to the $400 billion in cuts already imposed on the Defense Department under Obama, and seems to indicate the administration looks to the Pentagon budget as just another “wasteful government program,” he wrote.
Bolton also said Obama has erred on foreign policy, highlighted by the foray into Libya, which has done nothing to unseat strongman Moammar Gadhafi. Longtime ally Israel also has been seemingly ignored by the administration in its quest for absolute security, he wrote.
“Even France thinks he lacks leadership” and “China and the International Monetary Fund now openly cast doubt on the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency,” Bolton said. “Americans should understand that Obama’s international policies have a direct and profound impact on our economic prosperity.
“President Obama, unlike all his predecessors since Franklin Roosevelt, does not treat national security as his top priority. He does not see the world as threatening to U.S. interests. And he is comfortable with America’s ‘inevitable’ decline in the world, rather than being determined to prevent it.” Bolton wrote. “Obama is our first post-American President. He fancies himself to be above mere ‘patriotism.’ He is less an advocate for American interests than a citizen of the world.
“To date, in my view, no Republican candidate has persuasively argued that our economic recovery and long-term prosperity are completely intertwined with a strong national security posture. If no one else is prepared to make that case, I will,” Bolton said.
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