A president’s most solemn duty is to protect America and her people — a responsibility that, in a time of evolving security threats and unsustainable debt, will only grow harder for the next administration….America alone cannot police the world. We should increase burden-sharing for the protection of the global commons among countries that share our values and security objectives….For America to remain a global force for good, we must maintain the world’s most capable military. And being the best is not simply a function of spending the most. Staying on top will increasingly depend on our willingness to adapt to the realities of the 21st century security environment.
Jon Huntsman, former governor of Utah and U.S. ambassador to China, from his opinion piece on national defense, the economy, international relations and terrorism issues posted to CNN.com this morning.