Thursday, April 09, 2015

A Brief Critique of the 2015 National Security Strategy


During the dawn of this new century, the global community faces the daunting challenge of a rising caliphate and an unprecedented threat to the overall safety and security of the free world.  In the White House release of the February 2015 National Security Strategy (NSS), the introduction describes “violent extremism and an evolving terrorist threat” as a “pivotal moment” and challenge to national security.  However, the twenty-nine page document lacks an orchestrated strategy in providing leadership to combat this emerging global threat.  And, the NSS lacks a framework to unify the free world diplomatically, economically and strategically against the rise of any further radical extremism.

The 2015 NSS does portray the United States as a leader in an interconnected world based on the instruments of U.S. power.  True, as a nation state with the capacity to prevent conflict, confront climate change, and prevent the spread and use of weapons of mass destruction, the U.S. does lead the world in science, technology and innovation.  And, the U.S. does posses the capability to influence and shape global economic (and social) order.  Hence, as a nation rooted in constitutional values and great prosperity, the U.S. must prevent mass atrocities and violations against all civil rights and liberties as “we reject the lie that America and its allies are at war with Islam.”

The 2015 NSS reads more like political rhetoric rather than a national strategy for strengthening and sustaining American leadership in this still young century.  Likewise, in rolling out the national security document, the National Security Advisor and Secretary of State failed to clarify the purpose and promise of American power but instead parroted an international social agenda; their combined NSS talking points focused more on special interests than on strategic interests.  Moreover, these politicos did not unleash a U.S. foreign policy for the next decade on how to best deter and defeat any adversary that threatens our national security and that of our allies.

With the many challenges facing good world order, the U.S. needs to provide leadership in combating multiple challenges facing our homeland along with the many threats simultaneously confronting our strategic allies.  And, as this country approaches a national election in 2016, this is not the time to sacrifice our national security and public safety because of ongoing battles between both major political parties.  Thus, in avoiding any constitutional crisis, it is time to stop politics at the water’s edge.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Obama Signs Veterans Suicide Prevention Bill - Washington Post

President Obama signed the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act to help returning soldiers in the transition out of active duty. (Reuters) The signed legislation will help U.S. veterans transition from military service back to civilian life. Let's never forget as 22 veterans commit suicide each day in the United States.
Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Act