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President Obama's national security strategy looks beyond military might
Washington Post ^ | May 27, 2010 | Karen DeYoung

Posted on 05/26/2010 9:59:20 PM PDT by SmartInsight

Implicitly rejecting the antiterrorism rhetoric of the Bush administration, Brennan said that "our enemy is not terrorism, because terrorism is but a tactic. Our enemy is not terror, because terror is a state of mind and, as Americans, we refuse to live in fear."

"Nor do we describe our enemy as jihadists or Islamists," Brennan said, because use of these religious terms would "play into the false perception" that al-Qaeda and its affiliates are "religious leaders and defending a holy cause, when in fact, they are nothing more than murderers."

"...an action that eliminates a single terrorist but causes civilian casualties can, in fact, inflame local populations and create far more problems -- a tactical success but a strategic failure."

"Terrorists may try to bring death to our cities, but it is our choice to either uphold the rule of law or chip away at it . . . to either respond wisely and effectively or lash out in ways that inflame entire regions and stoke the fires of violent extremism. That is our choice. And with the strategy we are releasing tomorrow, President Obama and the administration offers our answer.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: brennan; homelandsecurity; islam; jihad; karendeyoung; nationalsecurity; nationalsecurityfail; nsp; nss; obama; obamastrategy; obamunism; radicalislam; terrorism; wapo
It sounds like they are laying to ground work for us to be sitting ducks and NOT respond to terrorists attacks, because it may upset the jihadists...
1 posted on 05/26/2010 9:59:21 PM PDT by SmartInsight
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To: SmartInsight

What a clueless bastard this clown is.


2 posted on 05/26/2010 10:02:15 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: SmartInsight

WTF??? This sounds like total crazy nonsense! It’s not terror and they aren’t terrorists because we say so?? Too bizarre.


3 posted on 05/26/2010 10:02:28 PM PDT by Williams (It's the policies, stupid)
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To: SmartInsight

Barack Hussein Obama: limp-spaghetti-noodle-in-chief.


4 posted on 05/26/2010 10:05:43 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Barack Hussein Obama: limp-spaghetti-noodle-in-chief.)
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To: pissant

He is not clueless — you just have to look at whose side he is really on... Hint: every action demonstrates it clearly.


5 posted on 05/26/2010 10:07:35 PM PDT by SmartInsight (Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. ~ G. J. Nathan)
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To: SmartInsight
Sounds like a liberal trying to rationalize cowardice.

Peace through weakness?

6 posted on 05/26/2010 10:08:06 PM PDT by oldbrowser
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To: SmartInsight

Just say NO to drugs.


7 posted on 05/26/2010 10:08:11 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Kiss my AZ!!!)
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To: SmartInsight
Alan Keyes warned the country six years ago in no uncertain terms about this exact thing. All he got for it was abuse, mainly from Republicans.

Keyes-Obama debate, October 12, 2004

MODERATOR: Would you please assess where the U.S. stands diplomatically? Do we have a bad reputation now?

OBAMA: Well, I think that this administration has not been very good at what's been called the exercise of "soft power." You know, all of us recognize and reserve the right of the United States to exercise its military power in the national interest and for our national security--but we also have to recognize that a lot of our power comes from our ideals, our belief in freedom, our belief in democracy, our belief in the ability to work things through in a manner that comports with whatever frameworks of international law that have been shaped. And I think that, unfortunately, this administration has tended to be dismissive of any international efforts--and in his campaign, I think you witness it with a general disdain for, quote unquote, "globalism." In some cases, this is just a function of us trying to have conversations with our allies so that we can move more effectively.

KEYES: See, I think the great problem is that you cannot give a soft response to a hard threat. It would be kind of like trying to meet a bayonet with a spaghetti noodle. And it's not going to help the people of this country to survive.

After 9-11, we were faced with a hard threat. We had lost thousands of people, and we had to move aggressively. The belief that Afghanistan was enough is a belief based on a failure to understand the global infrastructure of terror--so that you deal with the threat that has hit you instead of with the threats that will hit you later if you neglect to preemptively move against their bases of support. It is precisely in order to create a situation in which maybe people who would be otherwise supportive of this bloodthirsty threat will respond a little better to your overtures that you move with decision against regimes like the Iraqi regime that had shown itself disposed to support terror, to fund terror, to be part gleefully of the global infrastructure of terror--and to act against them before they have the opportunity to act against you.

8 posted on 05/26/2010 10:09:36 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Barack Hussein Obama: limp-spaghetti-noodle-in-chief.)
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To: SmartInsight

My military might will kick your “look beyond’s” ass every time.


9 posted on 05/26/2010 10:09:48 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Kiss my AZ!!!)
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To: SmartInsight
"our enemy is not terrorism, because terrorism is but a tactic."

Yep, it's a tactic of terrorists, you testosterone-impaired tool! This is equivalent to the police saying "crime is not our enemy, because crime is but a tactic."

10 posted on 05/26/2010 10:11:02 PM PDT by Right Brother
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To: FlingWingFlyer
President Obama's national security strategy looks beyond military might

Working out pretty well so far. Iran is well on it's way to nukes, Hezbollah has a bunch of new rockets, North Korea torpedoed a ROK ship, the Mid East Peace process is in shambles.

Looks more like we are going to need all the military might we can get.

11 posted on 05/26/2010 10:14:24 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: All

Obama: U.S. nat’l security strategy to be based on education, clean energy, rights for terrorists

by Byron York

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/obama-us-natl-security-strategy-to-be-based-on-education-clean-energy-rights-for-terrorists-94707549.html#ixzz0p6UoqS2I

President Obama’s speech at West Point Saturday is the most sweeping statement yet of his plan to create a national security policy emphasizing education, clean energy, green jobs, anti-climate change measures, the granting of full American constitutional rights to accused terrorists, and “engagement” with America’s enemies.


12 posted on 05/26/2010 10:15:47 PM PDT by SmartInsight (Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. ~ G. J. Nathan)
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To: All

New Afghan prison marks change in Obama strategy (orders lawyers for detainees)

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2521283/posts

In September 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama decided to change policy toward prisoners at Bagram, granting them lawyers for the first time and a review of their status every 6 months.

Detainees can take literacy classes or lessons in farming and also have access to a high-tech medical center. There is a playground for their children when they come to visit.

About a quarter who have been reviewed since January have been sent back to their communities, said Martins.


13 posted on 05/26/2010 10:18:19 PM PDT by SmartInsight (Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. ~ G. J. Nathan)
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To: SmartInsight

Just whose side is this pathetic, treasonous putz John O. Brennan on?

This guy actually worked for the CIA and this is what he thinks about the Islamofascist threat?

Between Obambi, this guy, Reid, Pelosi and all the rest of Obammy’s regime, we’re doomed. I hope we survive long enough to impeach Obambi or vote him and the rest of the traitors out of office before we all get kiilled.


14 posted on 05/26/2010 10:18:37 PM PDT by garyhope (It's World War IV, right here, right now, courtesy of Islam.)
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To: Right Brother

“when in fact, they are nothing more than murderers.”

Welcome to Islam who has proven itself over the last 1400 years of aggressive expansionism....


15 posted on 05/26/2010 10:20:40 PM PDT by himno hero
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To: garyhope

“Between Obambi, this guy, Reid, Pelosi and all the rest of Obammy’s regime, we’re doomed. I hope we survive long enough to impeach Obambi or vote him and the rest of the traitors out of office before we all get kiilled.”

Hopefully we can start this November by taking back Congress — our very lives depend on it, as you said and I agree.


16 posted on 05/26/2010 10:21:39 PM PDT by SmartInsight (Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. ~ G. J. Nathan)
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To: Right Brother

Yep, it’s a tactic of terrorists, you testosterone-impaired tool! This is equivalent to the police saying “crime is not our enemy, because crime is but a tactic.”

...and all we have to do is show some “understanding” of their point of view and NOT fight them, to keep from getting them upset.


17 posted on 05/26/2010 10:23:26 PM PDT by SmartInsight (Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. ~ G. J. Nathan)
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To: SmartInsight

great post
i think that is their defense plan
unbloody believable


18 posted on 05/26/2010 10:24:26 PM PDT by genghis
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To: SmartInsight
Obama: U.S. nat’l security strategy to be based on education, clean energy, rights for terrorists and shariah for all.
19 posted on 05/26/2010 10:31:48 PM PDT by arthurus ("If you don't believe in shooting abortionists, don't shoot an abortionist." -Ann C.)
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To: SmartInsight
the United States must build global institutions and expand international partnerships beyond its traditional allies

What the hell does that mean? We already have a 'global institution' called the freaking UN!

20 posted on 05/26/2010 10:36:14 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Williams
Maintaining U.S. global leadership will also depend on a strong domestic economy and a commitment to "education, clean energy, science and technology, and a reduced federal deficit," the White House said in talking points summarizing the strategy document, which is scheduled for formal release Thursday.

Bozo can't even lead the US economy much less represent global leadership. And what does education, clean energy, etc., etc. have to do with NATIONAL SECURITY?!

'Reduced federal deficit'?! These people are insane! They have done nothing but SPEND!

21 posted on 05/26/2010 10:39:57 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: SmartInsight

Review: ‘The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America’ by Andrew C. McCarthy

http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/id.6313/pub_detail.asp


22 posted on 05/26/2010 10:40:51 PM PDT by SmartInsight (Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. ~ G. J. Nathan)
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To: kcvl
We used to call it Double Speak. With this guy, it's Quadrillion Speak.
23 posted on 05/26/2010 10:41:39 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Obama, proving Hillary right that it takes a Village Idiot.)
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To: arthurus
the strategy emphasizes his commitment to nuclear nonproliferation and combating climate change

OMG!

24 posted on 05/26/2010 10:41:51 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: SmartInsight

This is what happens when the patients rule the asylum... We now see an administration filled with academic clowns with no real world experience discussing plans to refine strategy... Much like we see the same panty waists debate the oil spill... Where are the real men -the real leaders?


25 posted on 05/26/2010 10:44:42 PM PDT by DBeers (†)
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To: SmartInsight

Andrew C. McCarthy: Obama afraid to call it a ‘war on terror’

Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columns/Obama-afraid-to-call-it-a-_war-on-terror_-94700279.html#ixzz0p6cj2Eur

President Obama’s administration has been roundly ridiculed, and deservedly so, for its aversion to the language of war — indeed, for the word war itself. From the Bush language purge, though, it was but a short hop to this sorry destination. Short and inevitable.

Saul Alinsky, Obama’s community-organizing inspiration, waxed at length about language in “Rules for Radicals,” about the power of words to inspire ... or to enervate.

A civilization fights to preserve itself or it dies. Has ours become so hollow, such a pale imitation of its former self? Do we lack the capacity even to speak of the evils arrayed against us? Have we become so cowardly that our censure is reserved for our saviors, not our pillagers?

The Grand Jihad is banking on it.


26 posted on 05/26/2010 10:46:11 PM PDT by SmartInsight (Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. ~ G. J. Nathan)
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To: SmartInsight
It is sadly clear that we must suffer a devastating attack, either via some spectacular 9-11 style plot, or perhaps a steady increase in “home-grown” terrorist acts, such as we have seen of late. Regardless, something is brewing, something bad, we can all smell it. And Obama is not only incompetent and feckless in the face of a new Islamo-Fascist offensive, but he may well actually believe that his pathetic and naive approach to this dangerous world is the answer. Right up to when the smoke and dust of a devastating and terrible “wake-up” conflagration obscure the streets of another American city, and when his poll ratings hit absolute rock bottom.
27 posted on 05/26/2010 10:56:25 PM PDT by Richard Axtell (Revolution... get used to the word again.)
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To: SmartInsight

New Phase

As our enemy adapts and evolves their tactics,
We constantly adapt and evolve ours,
Not in a mad rush driven by fear.

Our enemy is not terrorism, because terrorism is but a tactic,
Our enemy is not terror, because terror is a state of mind,
We refuse to live in fear.

Nor do we describe our enemy as jihadists or Islamists,
Use of religious terms play into the false perception,
Nothing more than murderers.

The United States is at war,
War against al-Qaeda and its terrorist affiliates,
Exercise force prudently.

Death to our cities,
American values remain the primary U.S. weapons,
That is our choice.


28 posted on 05/26/2010 11:14:22 PM PDT by Nickname (2012 - Yes You're Canned!)
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To: SmartInsight

“....when in fact, they are nothing more than murderers.”

Yeah, right. Murderers who scream Allah Akbar on their mission to martyrdom in heaven.


29 posted on 05/26/2010 11:24:56 PM PDT by corvus
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To: SmartInsight

Karen DeYoung was the WP reporter covering the Sandinista fight against Somoza in the late 70’s and assured us, like Herbert Matthews did re Castro, that they weren’t communists.

She’s still full of shit.


30 posted on 05/26/2010 11:25:12 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: pissant

Rasmussen has this clueless bastard - Obama - down to the LOWEST rating ever - the gap between those who strongly approve of the bastard and those who strongly disapprove of him is now 22% - the lowest ever. (More disapprove of the bastard than support him).


31 posted on 05/26/2010 11:42:50 PM PDT by ZULU
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“”Terrorists may try to bring death to our cities, but it is our choice to either uphold the rule of law or chip away at it . . . to either respond wisely and effectively or lash out in ways that inflame entire regions and stoke the fires of violent extremism. That is our choice. And with the strategy we are releasing tomorrow, President Obama and the administration offers our answer.”

Sounds like a set up for chipping away at the rule of law by denying anything untoward occurred a la ‘man caused disasters’


32 posted on 05/27/2010 12:41:35 AM PDT by FreeStateYank (I want my country and constitution back, now!)
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To: SmartInsight

God help us!!


33 posted on 05/27/2010 12:41:50 AM PDT by Dapper 26
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To: Dapper 26

He is giving a green light to the terrorists — just come and attack us, we won’t retaliate.


34 posted on 05/27/2010 12:46:06 AM PDT by SmartInsight (Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. ~ G. J. Nathan)
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To: Cindy; Dr. Strangelove

Thought you might be interested in this article.


35 posted on 05/27/2010 12:50:20 AM PDT by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: Captain Beyond

Thank you for the ping Captain Beyond.

I found Mr. Brennan’s speech interesting.

#

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2521846/posts

“Securing the Homeland by Renewing American Strength, Resilience and Values” [ John Brennan]
Whitehouse.gov - Speech ^ | For Immediate Release May 26, 2010 | n/a
Posted on May 26, 2010 4:01:20 PM PDT by Cindy


36 posted on 05/27/2010 12:55:10 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: SmartInsight

Brennan’s statement would be laughable if it didn’t signal a very real danger to Americans. He’s not only ignorant of the history of Islam and the threat its extremists pose to us, but his PC state of denial shows he’s retreated into a political fantasy world. Reminds me of Napolitano’s statement that terrorism is not terrorism but “man-created disasters.” As Santayana said, “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to relive it.”


37 posted on 05/27/2010 1:39:56 AM PDT by T.L.Sink
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To: SmartInsight

This is what happens when we suspend disbelief and vote for an American hating madman.


38 posted on 05/27/2010 3:37:50 AM PDT by Carley (WE CAN SEE NOVEMBER FROM OUR HOUSE)
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To: SmartInsight

Emperor Barack Hussein Obama:
"Terrorists may bring death to every American city,
but MY new presidential helicopter
will let ME cook breakfast even while America is under nuclear attack."

39 posted on 05/27/2010 4:06:52 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Article IV - Section 4 - The United States … shall protect each of them against Invasion)
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To: Diogenesis

This is a “moving” picture that only the American people and a lot of foreigners too could love.


40 posted on 05/27/2010 4:11:35 AM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: ZULU

We have seen though that the American people vote for congressmen who support presidents of whom they disapprove, as with the U.S. House in 1980. the American people need a lot of civics instruction.


41 posted on 05/27/2010 4:13:12 AM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: Theodore R.

“the American people need a lot of civics instruction.”

They are NOT getting it in school. The leftists who run our schools teach them globalism, cultural relativism, the evils of the capitalist west, the crimes of the past and instill class guilt and moral equivalence.

THOSE are SOME of the reasons the Obamanation is squatting in the Oval Office.

NOW, the American Public SEEMS as ticked off at their Congress-critters as they are at Obama.


42 posted on 05/27/2010 4:35:19 AM PDT by ZULU
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To: SmartInsight
President Obama's national security strategy looks beyond military might

I assume they mean that Community-Organizer-in-Chief Obama's national security strategy looks forward to a time when we have no military might.

43 posted on 05/27/2010 6:18:48 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: Pollster1

and a mosque on every corner.


44 posted on 05/27/2010 6:37:39 AM PDT by shanover (These are the times that try men's souls....tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered-T. Paine)
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To: Right Brother
This is equivalent to the police saying "crime is not our enemy, because crime is but a tactic."
45 posted on 05/27/2010 6:40:24 AM PDT by cornelis
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To: arthurus

“The Color of Islam Is Green”

http://islamic-beliefs.suite101.com/article.cfm/the_color_of_islam_is_green

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

“Warmist fools never learn”
http://antigreen.blogspot.com/2010/04/warmist-fools-never-learn-tom.html

“Islam, Environment and Sustainability: “The Environmental Crisis is also a Spiritual Crisis”
Eren Güvercin

http://www.theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/islam_environment_and_sustainability_the_environmental_crisis_is_also_a_spi/0017345


46 posted on 05/27/2010 9:09:37 AM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spirito Sancto.)
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To: SmartInsight

With this clown, I would agree with you. After all, he needs more “emergencies” to complete the total destruction of our Republic.


47 posted on 05/28/2010 12:09:32 AM PDT by Dapper 26
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