Sam Graves-Peace through Strength

April 22, 2024

Dear Friend,

It’s an idea as old as our nation—to secure peace, America must project strength. As George Washington said in his 1793 State of the Union address: “If we desire to secure peace… it must be known that we are at all times ready for war.”

That concept, succinctly described by President Reagan as "peace through strength," has been at the core of American foreign policy from the very beginning. Unfortunately, what we’re seeing right now from President Biden is the exact opposite, weakness—and it only invites chaos.

Biden ran on the idea that he would be a "steady hand" for foreign policy. Now we know that was an empty promise at best. At worst—an outright lie.

He displayed weakness to the world when he pulled out of Afghanistan without a plan, costing the lives of 13 U.S. servicemembers and thousands of our Afghan allies.

He displayed weakness when he waived sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, turning on the money machine to fund Putin's invasion of Ukraine.

He displayed weakness when he tried to pave the way for the release of $6 billion to Iran and threatened to condition military aid to Israel unless they promised to go easy on Hamas terrorists in Gaza.

Instead of standing with our allies, projecting our strength, and showing that America isn't to be messed with, President Biden has shown weakness at every turn. We cannot allow the President to continue waiving sanctions at whim and negotiating away all our leverage unilaterally. All it does is invite our adversaries to take advantage of our weakness. China—which has long threatened to invade our ally, Taiwan—is watching our every move.

We need to stand up, stand with our allies, and force the President to stand strong for America. Otherwise, our adversaries are going to keep taking advantage of his weakness—and we'll all suffer for it.


Sam Graves