Ryan on Embassy Attacks: ‘The Least Equivocation or Mixed Signal Only Makes Extremists Bolder’

By Elizabeth Harrington | September 14, 2012 | 12:21pm EDT

GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan. (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan said America is dealing with “extremists” attacking U.S. embassies in the Middle East, and the “least equivocation or mixed signal only makes them bolder.”

“We’ve been reminded by events in Egypt and Libya,” Ryan told attendees at the Values Voters Summit in Washington, D.C. on Friday.   “We’ve all seen the images of our flags being burned and our embassies under attack by vicious mobs -- the worst of it, the loss of four good men, including our ambassador to Libya.”

“They were there for the most peaceful purposes in service to our country,” he said in his speech.  “And today our country honors their lives and grieves with their families.”

“All of us are watching very closely, but we know who America is dealing with in these attacks,” Ryan continued.  “They are extremists who operate by violence and intimidation. And the least equivocation or mixed signal only makes them bolder.”

“Look across that region and what do we see?” Ryan said.  “The slaughter of brave dissidents in Syria, mobs storming American embassies and consulates, Iran four years closer to getting a nuclear weapon.”

“Israel, our best ally in the region treated with indifference bordering on contempt by the Obama administration,” he said.  “Amid all these threats and dangers what we do not see is steady, consistent American leadership.”

“In the days ahead, in the years ahead American foreign policy needs moral clarity and firmness of purpose,” the vice presidential nominee and House Budget Committee Chairman said.

“Only by a confident exercise of American influence are people and violence overcome,” Ryan concluded.  “That is how we keep problems abroad from becoming crises.  That is what keeps the peace.  And that is what we will have in a Romney-Ryan administration.”

The Values Voters Summit runs from Sept. 14-16 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. Numerous speakers and panels will discuss issues and policies related to limited government, less federal spending, the Constitution, national security, and traditional values.

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