Almost half way through the president’s term, his administration published its national security strategy. This is like authoring the script half-way through the play. There are few surprises here. Least of all this is not a strategy. The White House just published a glossy brochure of what it already “thinks” it is doing.
To be honest, as we wrote before we thought Biden policies were not very good. The strategy just affirms that conclusion.
We are going to do two things here.
One is we are going to give you a quick once over of what is and what is not in the strategy.
Two—we are going to explain what a real national security strategy ought to look like.
Sounds like fun right?
Also, thanks to Tom Spoehr and other great analysts at the Heritage Foundation who pitched in on this.
What’s the bottom line? It is not a strategy. Instead, the President’s National Security Strategy—meant to guide the administration’s efforts to counter pressing external dangers—is comprised of a litany of the administration’s accomplishments and a recitation of progressive domestic issues, packaged as threats to the security of the United States. Within the strategy’s 47 pages, only four deal with China and Russia, and but one—-a mere 830 words of 23,000—describes the role of the U.S. military to counter external threats. The other 42 pages are devoted to such topics as the challenges from climate change, pandemics, food insecurity, and domestic terrorism.