March 22, 2012 – Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton told University of Houston Law Center students Wednesday that the Obama administration has turned its attention away from foreign affairs, leaving the country vulnerable to international threats.
“President Obama is probably the first president since President Roosevelt to not wake up thinking his primary role is to defend America from foreign threats,” Bolton said during a lunch hour lecture sponsored by The Federalist Society. “It is simply not possible to have sustained American prosperity at home unless we have a strong international presence.”
Bolton outlined several dangers to global stability including poor U.S. – Russian relations, China’s advanced cyber warfare capabilities and North Korea’s increased involvement in the Middle East.
In light of the threats rising in the Middle East, the U.S. needs to focus on slowing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction especially ballistic and nuclear weapons, Bolton said. He believes Iran is close to attaining nuclear weapons, and if that happens, it will be a signal to the world that the U.S. has failed to stop the spread of such arms.
“When you let missiles get in the hands of crazy, religious fanatics who don’t share the same values as we do here, it is something that needs to be concerned about,” Bolton said.