Former Attorney General John Ashcroft says Japan’s outreach to America for help as it struggles with the after effects of its combined catastrophes, shows – when push comes to shove – the world still turns to the United States in times of crisis.
Ashcroft also told Fox News’ Neal Cavuto Wednesday America nevertheless needs to bolster its global economic standing and “right our ship.”
“There is no question about it; we may not always hear them chanting: ‘USA, USA,’ at the Olympics – but if freedom is in the balance, or there is a tragedy around the world, the chant: ‘USA, USA,” goes up,” Ashcroft said. “It has for quite some time now, and we can hope that it will in the future, because we represent a set of values that’s important to freedom and opportunity around the globe. And so we need to be prepared to assume our leadership responsibility.”
Ashcroft said, however, the United States needs to strengthen its current world economic standing.
“Given the fact that we are not as strong a haven as we ought to be, I think we should seek to strengthen – to right our ship,” Ashcroft said. “And instead of restraining business – with more and more regulation, and more and more requirements – we need to liberate business.
“Because we need to have the vitality in our economy that allows us to continue to have an aggressive position of world leadership,” he continued. “The world has always looked to someone for leadership … the world needs leaders when it comes to freedom and survival issues – like the tsunami in Japan, or like the wave of liberation in the Middle East.
“America needs to be in a position to act constructively in either of those circumstances, to support the kinds of positions – rather noble positions – in regard to human dignity and freedom, that the United States stands for,” Ashcroft added.
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