America’s leadership and greatness is the result of our economic strength, a military that is second to none, our promotion of freedom, and the fundamental goodness of our people.

The decision to send troops into a foreign country must be made only when a substantial American interest is at stake. This should be a very high hurdle.

We should maintain clear superiority in conventional military capabilities and at least parity in nuclear capabilities. American military strength is the best friend peace has ever known.

We must promote our values of freedom and free enterprise through our diplomacy, economic ties, alliances and other soft power tools.

When nations attack our infrastructure, elections, technology, or vital interests, we should retaliate and punish their behavior with appropriate and meaningful measures.