National Security Strategy
The Obama Administration is releasing its long-awaited National Security Strategy today. Josh Rogin and others have a sneak preview.
I’ll be doing more substantive commentary once I’ve had a chance to digest the whole 52-page document. In the meantime, I’ve compiled a roundup post at New Atlanticist titled “National Security Strategy Instant Reactions.”
My main concern is the very thing that makes Christine Parthemore, the Bacevich Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, so happy. She does a word count and notes “The new NSS mentions energy more than engagement or military. And climate change appears more than intelligence.” Of the words she tracked, development (76 mentions) tops the list, followed closely by nuclear (74). Well down the list are energy (49), military (44), engagement (43), climate change (28), and intelligence (18).
To me, this is defining national security in a way that has no meaning.
In fairness, the actual conduct of foreign policy under Obama is not, as I’ve written before, all that great a departure from that of post-2005 George W. Bush. But, clearly, they very much want us to think otherwise.