TAMPA, Fla. - Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice tonight portrayed the Obama administration as dangerously wavering in its foreign policy, seeking to bolster Mitt Romney's foreign policy credentials on the second night of the Republican National Convention.
Rice said "the promise of the Arab Spring is engulfed in uncertainty," with allies and enemies alike asking, "Where does America stand?"
"You see, when friends or foes alike don't know the answer to that question unambiguously and clearly, the world is likely to be a more dangerous and chaotic place," Rice said. "We cannot be reluctant to lead, and you cannot lead from behind."
Rice said Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, "understand this reality" and "know what to do."
"They know that our friends and allies must again be able to trust us, from Israel to Colombia, from Poland to the Philippines," she said. "Our allies and friends have to know that we will be reliable and consistent and determined. And our foes, our foes can have no reason to doubt our resolve, because peace really does come through strength."
Rice, a Stanford University professor who was occasionally mentioned as a potential vice presidential pick, drew thunderous applause.
"Our military capability and our technological advantage will be safe in Mitt Romney's hands," she said.