By Jerome Corsi and Garth Kant
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – America’s biggest national security problem is President Obama himself, declared former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton.
“He believes we are the cause of world tension. It is like looking thought he wrong end of the telescope,” Bolton told CPAC, the annual conference of conservatives as it commenced Thursday.
Bolton called Obama a “Wilsonian” but noted President Woodrow Wilson “wasn’t even a community organizer.”
“We do not accept an American president who is weak and indecisive about the future of the country,” he said.
“We must replace the Obama-Biden-Clinton-Kerry policy of drifting with a Ronald Reagan policy of defending America.”
Bolton cited President Theodore Roosevelt’s assertion that first of all, “we must make the world safe for ourselves.”
Bolton, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, said the “resurgence of isolationism produces the same result as Obama’s doctrine of multiculturalism.”
Noting that President Reagan believed in “peace through strength,” Bolton asked: “Can you imagine Reagan dealing with Putin?”
“Reagan understood the first duty of the president was to protect the United States from tyrants,” he said. “He understood peace through strength. We will not get peace through weakness.”
How the U.S. handles the current crisis in Ukraine, in which Russia is asserting authority over a sovereign state, has serious ramifications for other foreign policy challenges, he said.
“We will get what we see in the Ukraine, where Putin has a plan and we have nothing,” said Bolton.
“Now Iran is working with Russia and running rings around Obama and Kerry in nuclear arms negotiations,” he said. “China has a major military buildup going, with China having the best cyber warfare capabilities in the world.”
He warned that if Iran gets nuclear weapons, it will “have impunity to strike with terrorists around the world, including in the United States.”
Meanwhile, he said, the U.S. has “pressed Israel to make concessions.”
Bolton called the intervention in Libya the “paragon of Obama administration failures.”
“The killing of Christopher Stevens was not just the murder of a U.S. citizen, it was the murder of the president of the United States’ representative,” he said.
“And Obama has done nothing. The lesson to the world is that you can murder the personal representative of president of the United States and get away with it.”
Referring to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s dismissive congressional testimony regarding the Benghazi attack, Bolton said “conservatives will tell Hillary Clinton that we know what difference it makes, even if she does not.”
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