During a town hall in De Pere, Wisconsin, Paul Ryan said that President Obama’s “weakness” and “moral equivocation” on national security is to blame for Tuesday’s outbreak of violence in Egypt and Libya that resulted in the murder of four American officials, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
“It is very important that a president speak with a singular voice representing our principles and our values,” Ryan said in response to a question from the audience. “If you show weakness, if you show moral equivocation, then foreign policy adventerusim among our adversaries will increase.” He promised that a Romney administration would lead with “peace through strength” and added:
RYAN: We do not want a world climate where our adversaires are so tempted to test us and our allies our worried about trusting us. And that is unfortunately the path we are on right now and I really worry about that.
Ryan also argued that the defense cuts included in the 2011 Budget Control Act — which he voted for — will contribute to the “weakness” that triggered the violence in the Middle East. “I believe that the president’s devastating defense cuts breed weakness,” he claimed.