And then my head exploded

Obama released his new national security strategy.

The strategy includes some curve balls as well. For instance, its stance on global climate change as it relates to national security: “Climate change and pandemic disease threaten the security of regions and the health and safety of the American people,” it says.

On Thursday Gen. Jim Jones, the president’s national security adviser, called climate change a “core national security interest.” In all, the words “climate change” were used 24 times in Obama’s 60-page national security strategy.

And that war on terror?

Obama’s counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, raised eyebrows on Wednesday when he called jihad a “legitimate tenet of Islam,” arguing that the term “jihadists” should not be used to describe America’s enemies.

“As Americans we refuse to live in fear, nor do we describe our enemy as ‘jihadists’ or ‘Islamists’ because jihad is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam, meaning to purify oneself or one’s community, and there is nothing holy or legitimate or Islamic about murdering innocent men, women and children,” Brennan said.

No, we’re a new, improved United States.

“While the use of force is sometimes necessary, we will exhaust other options before war whenever we can, and carefully weigh the costs and risks of action against the costs and risks of inaction,” the document says. “When force is necessary, we will continue to do so in a way that reflects our values and strengthens our legitimacy, and we will seek broad international support, working with such institutions as NATO and the UN Security Council.”

Yea. Good luck with getting THAT support.

But, they’re keeping their eye on the ball.

It also names the struggle against “homegrown” terrorism as a top priority — a first for a national security strategy.

A “top” priority?

The increased attention to radicalization of U.S. citizens comes after a series of perpetrated or planned attacks. In the latest incident, Pakistani-born Faisal Shahzad allegedly drove a bomb-rigged vehicle into New York City’s Times Square earlier this month.

To say that Shahzad was “homegrown” is a bit of a stretch. He had U.S. citizenship, but his radicalization came from Islam and Pakistan. Shahzad wasn’t the Unibomber or Timothy McVeigh. The ideology which motivated him wasn’t homegrown.

You can read the whole thing here, but it’s mostly a much of gobbilty-good, and the word “engagement” plays a prominent role. This is kind of creepy:

This engagement will underpin our commitment to an international order based upon rights and responsibilities. International institutions must more effectively represent the world of the 21st century, with a broader voice – and greater responsibilities – for emerging powers, and they must be modernized to more effectively generate results on issues of global interest. Constructive national steps on issues ranging from nuclear security to climate change must be incentivized, so nations that choose to do their part see the benefits of responsible action. rules of the road must be followed, and there must be consequences for those nations that break the rules – whether they are nonproliferation obligations, trade agreements, or human rights commitments.

Engagement can solve just about everything, though.

Through engagement, we can create opportunities to resolve differences, strengthen the international
community’s support for our actions, learn about the intentions and nature of closed regimes, and plainly
demonstrate to the publics within those nations that their governments are to blame for their isolation.

Oh, but there’s MORE:

Successful engagement will depend upon the effective use and integration of different elements of
American power. Our diplomacy and development capabilities must help prevent conflict, spur eco-
nomic growth, strengthen weak and failing states, lift people out of poverty, combat climate change
and epidemic disease, and strengthen institutions of democratic governance.

Engagement can do ANYTHING. With “engagement”, when can make friends.

Finally, we will pursue engagement among peoples—not just governments—around the world. The
United States Government will make a sustained effort to engage civil society and citizens and facilitate
increased connections among the American people and peoples around the world—through efforts
ranging from public service and educational exchanges, to increased commerce and private sector

But, Obama’s not done with that word “engagement” just yet. It’s also going to “underpin a just and sustainable international order. We’re going to even have to engage in the UN by investing and strengthening the “international system”

And we will challenge and assist international institutions and frameworks to reform
when they fail to live up to their promise. Strengthening the legitimacy and authority of international
law and institutions, especially the U.N., will require a constant struggle to improve performance.


Pursue the Goal of a World Without Nuclear Weapons: While this goal will not be reached during this
Administration, its active pursuit and eventual achievement will increase global security, keep our
commitment under the NPT, build our cooperation with Russia and other states, and increase our cred-
ibility to hold others accountable for their obligations.

What, are we kindergarteners? Genie doesn’t go back in the bottle, fella. Sure, you can ban ’em and all the respectable countries can dismantle them and throw ’em all in a big hole in the ground.

And, that will work just as well as banning illegal guns in the city of Detroit. What does Iran or North Korea say about the NPT?

The basic bargain of the NPT is sound: countries with
nuclear weapons will move toward disarmament; countries without nuclear weapons will forsake
them; and all countries can access peaceful nuclear energy. To strengthen the NPT, we will seek more
resources and authority for international inspections. We will develop a new framework for civil nuclear
cooperation. As members of the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership have agreed, one important ele-
ment of an enhanced framework could be cradle-to-grave nuclear fuel management. We will pursue a
broad, international consensus to insist that all nations meet their obligations. And we will also pursue
meaningful consequences for countries that fail to meet their obligations under the NPT or to meet the
requirements for withdrawing from it.

And, what could those meaningful consequences POSSIBLY BE? We have a real-time experiment occurring right now, yet they still trot out this fail.

Honestly, I can’t read any more of this. I’m out.

Oh, wait. One more bit.

he United States, Israel, the Palestinians, and the Arab States have an interest
in a peaceful resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict—one in which the legitimate aspirations of Israelis
and Palestinians for security and dignity are realized, and Israel achieves a secure and lasting peace with
all of its neighbors.
The United States seeks two states living side by side in peace and security—a Jewish state of Israel, with
true security, acceptance, and rights for all Israelis; and a viable, independent Palestine with contiguous
territory that ends the occupation that began in 1967 and realizes the potential of the Palestinian people.

So, I guess we see where Obama stands on the issue. Ok, I’m really done now.

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3 Comments on “And then my head exploded”

  1. Hotspur Says:

    Good poat, BiW.

  2. I didn’t write this. I would have used footnotes and citations…and maybe a few pictures for Bob, OC, and Kirby…just to keep them on task while reading it, and prevent those stinky “Blame Bush!” outbreaks as well.

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