Santorum Outlines Foreign Policy Against Radical Islamic Threats in Liberty University Speech

VERONA, PA - Former presidential candidate, former U.S. Senator, and Chairman of Patriot Voices Rick Santorum addressed several thousand Liberty University students yesterday focusing on the mounting clash between the Western Civilized World and the growing threat of radical Islamists.

In his speech, Santorum specifically described his work in 2005 and 2006 to draw attention to the threat posed by an Iranian government looking to develop a nuclear weapon.  He pointed to his work in authoring the Iran Freedom and Support Act, which was opposed by both President Bush and then-Senator Obama, but eventually passed with wide bipartisan support.  Of specific note, Santorum recalled successfully urging President Bush to accurately describe the enemy, to see the President do so on one occasion, but then have his hyper-politically correct State Department stop President Bush from ever doing so again.

On the failure to accurately address Radical Islam:

"By not correctly identifying these Islamists for who they are, they've given all Muslims a pass for identifying a cancer within their own body.  We don't help them treat that illness when we refuse to identify that their body is sick."

On America's historic role in the World:

"We stood and confronted evil.  We confronted evil in our own country because of people of faith motivating us to combat those injustices, and we had the courage to combat evil around the world because we were not afraid to call evil 'evil.' We were not afraid to make that judgment because we saw it clearly through the eyes of faith." 

On the importance of maintaining a strong military:

"I believe in limited government, but I do not believe in small government in the areas where government is the only one to do the job. In the case of national security, we need a robust and strong military."  

Santorum went on to say that "no piece of paper" would stop a country from developing a nuclear weapon. 

Santorum concluded his speech by urged the students to "do something" to stand up for the values that separate the United States from those who pose an existential threat to the freedoms Americans freely exercise. 

Senator Santorum was a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee for 8 years, working to help transform the United States military from a Cold War fighting force to one prepared to deal with current day threats.  Santorum is the principal author of the Syria Accountability Act and the Iran Freedom and Support Act that imposed strict sanctions on these rogue regimes.  After leaving the Senate, Santorum led the Program to Protect America's Freedom at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where his work focused on drawing attention to international threats to American security.


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