Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.) argued Wednesday that "inconsistent" messages from the Obama administration have led to recent difficulties for the U.S. in the Middle East, Ukraine and Africa.
Roby suggested that events such as President Obama's declaration a "red line" on the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons, his exchange of a captive U.S. sergeant for five Taliban prisoners and the surge of immigrants crossing the southern border have emboldened enemies.
The Alabama Republican said that certain U.S. actions have created a perception of weakness.
"These actions project weakness and invite our enemies to test our resolve. The United States must reverse course and demonstrate the kind of strength that used to be feared and respected the world over," Roby said.
Roby further warned that the U.S. should be extra vigilant ahead of the Sept. 11 anniversary.
"A dangerous terrorist network is growing, and its members are committed to hurting Americans. Our nation must prepare to take the fight to them, but we also need to remain vigilant here at home as this solemn and sensitive anniversary approaches," Roby said.