Obama previewed our new National Security Strategy in a speech last Saturday at West Point. Brace yourself, it’s a shocker:
Dear Enemies: Good news! George Bush is gone and we are sorry for everything. Now you can stop trying to kill us! Lucky us! Can I get you anything?
President Barack Obama’s new national security strategy will make clear the United States is not at war with Islam, a top adviser said on Wednesday as the administration prepared for a formal break with Bush-era doctrine.
The White House on Thursday plans to roll out Obama’s first formal declaration of national security goals, which are expected to deviate sharply from the go-it-alone approach of his predecessor that included justification for pre-emptive war.
Previewing parts of the document, John Brennan, Obama’s leading counterterrorism adviser, said: “We have never been and will never be at war with Islam.”
“The president’s strategy is unequivocal with regard to our posture — the United States of America is at war. We are at war against al Qaeda and its terrorist affiliates,” he said in a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.
Brennan’s words dovetailed with Obama’s outreach to the Muslim world, where former President George W. Bush alienated many with the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and his use of phrases like “war on terror” and “Islamo-fascism.”
At West Point on Saturday, Obama laid out the broad principles of his coming National Security Strategy, a document required by law of every administration, stressing international engagement over Bush’s “cowboy diplomacy.”
I’m grateful that he didn’t mention a more defensive posture toward American veterans, pro-life activists, and orange-vested hunters; but there was an inordinate emphasis on “home-grown” terrorist threats. Have the “tea-baggers” and “bitter clingers” out-achieved Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen in training and equipping underwear bombers and throat-slashing hijackers?
This struck me odd as well: the Obama strategy will “implicitly repudiate” the Bush Doctrine, “the right to wage pre-emptive war against countries and terrorist groups deemed a threat to the United States,” by… waging pre-emptive war against countries and terrorist groups deemed a threat to the United States.
Sorry, I read it three times, and that’s what I’m getting from it.
But Brennan made clear there would be no let-up in the counterterrorism fight, saying the United States would need a broad campaign that “harnesses every tool of American power, military and civilian, kinetic and diplomatic.”
“We will take the fight to al Qaeda and its extremist affiliates wherever they plot and train — in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and beyond,” he said.
“We will not simply degrade al Qaeda’s capabilities or simply prevent terrorist attacks against our country or citizens, we will not merely respond after the fact, after an attack that has been attempted,” Brennan said.
I have a theory. This is the latest application of a yet-to-be-defined two-phased Obama Doctrine. Probably something along these lines:
1. Continue effective Bush policies that you demonized as Senator and Presidential Candidate for purely political reasons.
2. State that you are implementing the opposite of those policies and insert the phrase “repudiate Bush” frequently to cloak your hypocrisy and perpetuate the official White House Kiss-Up Campaign for the international Left.