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Obama's National Security Strategy: A New Direction or Continuity?

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Obama's National Security Strategy (NSS): A New Direction or Continuity - by Stephen Lendman


Periodically, US administrations prepare NNS documents for Congress, outlining their major national security concerns and plans for addressing.


On May 27, the White House Office of the Press Secretary announced Obama's saying it's to "Advanc(e) Our Interests: Actions in Support of the President's National Security Strategy." UN ambassador Susan Rice called it a "dramatic departure" from the Bush administration. The White House claims it's "to keep the American people safe" and advance the nation's "values and ideals."


In fact, it's old wine in new bottles, rebranded to appear softer. Rhetoric is one thing, policy another, revealing actions much louder than words. Under all administrations, they're menacing, given America's permanent war agenda, discussed by this writer on March 1, accessible through the following link:


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It addressed permanent wars, waging them in the name of peace, what historians Charles Beard and Gore Vidal called "perpetual war for perpetual peace," suppressing truths too disturbing to reveal, like creating pretexts to pursue them, always for imperial gain and benefits for war profiteers.


As a candidate, Obama campaigned against militarism, promised limited escalation and the removal of all combat troops from Iraq by August 31, 2010. In fact, permanent occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere is planned, increased military spending annually, and more conflicts for greater dominance that eventually will bankrupt the country and leave it as damaged and isolated as Israel is becoming from a policy Stratfor's George Friedman calls r(unning) into its own fist."


Even the world's superpower is vulnerable, maneuvering perhaps for goals too lofty, running out of ways to pay for them, and perhaps enough allies willing to go along.


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