Skip to comments.President Obama's national security strategy looks beyond military might
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.
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What a clueless bastard this clown is.
WTF??? This sounds like total crazy nonsense! It’s not terror and they aren’t terrorists because we say so?? Too bizarre.
Barack Hussein Obama: limp-spaghetti-noodle-in-chief.
He is not clueless — you just have to look at whose side he is really on... Hint: every action demonstrates it clearly.
Peace through weakness?
Just say NO to drugs.
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.
My military might will kick your “look beyond’s” ass every time.
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."
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.
Obama: U.S. nat’l security strategy to be based on education, clean energy, rights for terrorists
by Byron York
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.
New Afghan prison marks change in Obama strategy (orders lawyers for detainees)
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.
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.
“when in fact, they are nothing more than murderers.”
Welcome to Islam who has proven itself over the last 1400 years of aggressive expansionism....
“Between Obambi, this guy, Reid, Pelosi and all the rest of Obammyâs regime, weâre 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.
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.
i think that is their defense plan
What the hell does that mean? We already have a 'global institution' called the freaking UN!