Bush Warns of U.S. Becoming World Police

By Ben Anderson | July 7, 2008 | 8:25 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - The United States should be careful not to "drift from crisis to crisis without clear priorities," according to Texas Republican Governor George W Bush, delivering the first of his foreign policy addresses at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California on Friday.

According to Bush, US foreign policy should exhibit "distinctly American internationalism" with the "great and guiding goal" of extending this time of American influence into generations of democratic peace.

"An American president should work with our strong democratic allies in Europe and Asia to extend the peace," Bush said. "He should promote a fully democratic Western Hemisphere, bound together by free trade. He should defend America's interests in the Persian Gulf and advance peace in the Middle East, based upon a secure Israel. He must check the contagious spread of weapons of mass destruction, and the means to deliver them. He must lead toward a world that trades in freedom."

"Unless a president sets his own priorities, his priorities will be set by others - by adversaries, or the crisis of the moment, live on CNN. American policy can become random and reactive - untethered to the interests of our country," Bush said.

The GOP frontrunner also warned that the United States cannot be expected to be the world's police force when conflict erupts around the globe.

"America must be involved in the world," Bush said. "But that does not mean our military is the answer to every difficult foreign policy situation - a substitute for strategy. American internationalism should not mean action without vision, activity without priority, and missions without end - an approach that squanders American will and drains American energy."