| As a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I’m committed to help provide effective oversight of American foreign policy and foreign aid. As a soldier for more than 30 years, I’ve learned that before taking any military or diplomatic action, you must have a clear objective and a realistic strategy for success. Far too often in recent years, whether it be in Iraq, Libya, Syria or other foreign crises, we lacked a coherent strategy which has led to a breathtaking failure of leadership on the world stage.
President Obama’s foreign policy record has failed to appreciate and adapt to changing threats, lacks follow-through, and relies on policies seemingly driven by public opinion, rather than a broad foreign policy strategy. America’s reputation abroad has suffered, influence has diminished, and relationships with key allies have been weakened. Meanwhile, continuing conflict in the Middle East and increasing instability in the Asia-Pacific region strain U.S. resources and capabilities.
I’ve supported efforts to improve security at U.S. embassies and diplomatic facilities around the world, implement critical management reforms and save taxpayer dollars by advocating for bipartisan legislation that reforms State Department bureaucracy to better protect the lives of American diplomats serving overseas.