The United States must become more engaged in the world if it is to ensure its
own security, visiting former secretary of homeland security Tom Ridge said
Speaking at the annual International Conference on Homeland
Security in Tel Aviv, Ridge said he could not speculate on what path the Obama
administration will take when it is sworn in for a second term in January. But
he added that as an American, he hopes the president “will not cede our future”
to the United Nations or to other countries.
“At the end of the day,
America should be more engaged and not less,” Ridge said. “America must
demonstrate that our friends are our friends and that we are united with our
allies. Our enemies need to know that we’re not as interested in being liked as
in being respected.”
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