Thursday, May 27, 2010

New US Security Strategy Supports Status Quo

Though the new US security policy by the Obama Administration breaks from the rhetoric of the GW Bush Administration, it does maintain the main approach--constant pursuit of American global power, a clear division between US allies and non-allies, failure to address the causes of attacks against US interests, and a willingness to expand US power. The change in rhetoric stems from a weaken US from the recent recession which the country is still struggling with, failures in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the emergence of potentially competing powers such as India, China, and the EU.

Interestingly, the Bush rhetoric of promoting American values and democracy is consistent with the new security policy. Though US foreign policy has typically been self-serving, and democracy promotion has been about controlling countries and gaining greater access to their resources. The Afghanistan democracy project is a case in point, whereby US democracy promotion was used part of its war effort, as a means to control Afghanistan, while the will of Afghans and their traditional forms of governance was ignored, and a corrupt Afghan government representing 10% or less of the Afghan population is propped up by the US and triumphed in the US as democratic progress.

Unfortunately, the US establishment is unable to see that their self-serving, means to an end democracy promotion is inconsistent with the values of Americans, and over the long-term is a threat to US national security, because it undermines the credibility and very integrity of the country.

2010 US National Security Strategy
New US Security Policy

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