Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she knows Americans are tired after years of intervention abroad, but a weak foreign policy like the one being carried out by President Barack Obama will only encourage more threats that the nation will not be able to ignore.

Giving the keynote address at the National Republican Congressional Committee’s annual fundraising dinner in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday evening, Rice asserted that the lack of strength and resolve projected by the U.S. in recent years has made for a world fraught with danger.

“Right now, there’s a vacuum. There’s a vacuum because we’ve decided to lower our voice. We’ve decided to step back. We’ve decided that if we step back and lower our voice, others will lead. Other things will fill the vacuum,” she said, The Washington Times reports.

“But of course it’s not our allies and our friends, it’s not the international norms that have filled that vacuum. It is instead dictators like Bashar al-Assad in Syria and Vladimir Putin in Russia. It’s extremists like al Qaeda raising the black flag in Fallujah in Iraq.”

The Hill reports that Rice, without mentioning the president by name, questioned the Obama administration’s commitment to making sure the country is properly able to protect its interests.