National Security Advisor Susan Rice formally released President Barack Obama’s new National Security Strategy at the Brookings Institution on Friday, to mixed reviews. The document repeated many of the president’s controversial claims from recent days, such as that talks have “stopped the progress of Iran’s nuclear program.” One element of the strategy is already obsolete: it commits to “seek a stable Yemen” on the day Iranian-backed rebels have taken control of the country.
The document advises “strategic patience and persistence” and focuses on non-military approaches to security, such as development and climate change.
Susan Rice, our National Security Advisor, is giving a total political campaign speech talking about jobs & healthcare. This is scary!
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) February 6, 2015
There is no mention of radical Islam, and the only mention of Islam at all is to defend it: “We reject the lie that America and its allies are at war with Islam,” the document states.
The strategy also commits to shrinking the U.S. military and maintaining a “higher” threshold for its use, while pledging to maintain military strength.
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