The Bush-Obama National Security Strategy

CounterPunch
by Harry Browne

12/04/08

The funny thing is, this allegedly significant change in national security strategy, toward ‘social work’, actually comes straight out of Bush’s ‘National Security Strategy’ — not some vague lame-duck version either, but the full-blown and now-notorious document published by the White House in September 2002, The National Security Strategy of the United States of America (known as the NSS). Actually, this is funny only in the sense of ‘let’s all laugh at the New York Times,’ because for America and the world the implications are deadly serious. That 2002 NSS is most famous, or infamous, for codifying the ‘Bush Doctrine’ of military pre-emption and for its bald declaration that no military rival to the US will be permitted to arise. It’s already safe to say Obama will not renounce those positions. But because in autumn 2002 the document — just a few thousand words long — was being read largely as an argument for invading Iraq, the civilian side of its imperial vision was largely overlooked. That part of the vision looks remarkably similar to the one now being sketched by the Obama-Clinton team...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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Obama's Familiar Orbit

Michael Winship, Truthout: "I keep thinking about that tool bag. You know - the one that the astronaut accidentally let loose while she was repairing the International Space Station last month. Now it's in orbit, more than 200 miles above the Earth ... For now, it's up there, floating silently and uselessly, which, if you think of government as a sort of national tool kit for protecting and improving the lives of its citizens, could be seen as a pretty good metaphor for the last eight years. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, nothing done - except with the kind of blunt hammers that see everything as a nail and cause more harm than good."

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