When Did National Security Become A Joke?

Hoping everyone had a good Christmas and is looking forward to a new year…..

Just the other day the president gave a short speech on the National Security Strategy….it was not worth my time to listen to a campaign speech so I did the next best thing….I read the speech on-line…..let me say it was a good speech to read and a terrible speech to listen to, but I should have known that off hand.

For your information if you care to read it……


His speech needs to be decoded……

In speaking at the Ronald Reagan building in Washington today, President Trump sought to delineate a new foreign-policy strategy for America. Trump alluded to his election victory, noting that “you spoke loud and you spoke clear. On November 8, you voted to make America great again. You embraced new leadership and new strategies and also a glorious new hope.” The most interesting part of the speech may be the fact that Trump delivered one at all, in contrast to his predecessors. If his administration uses the strategy as a true lodestar, then it would mark a break with a liberal internationalism based on the idea that economic and political cooperation, not confrontation, is the best way to protect American interests.


There Are 5 main things to take away from the speech….

After nearly a year in office, President Trump will unveil his National Security Strategy Monday in a speech at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C.

The document, said to run 70 pages, is more than twice as long as the previous strategy document published by the Obama administration in 2015. It is an attempt to flesh out the president’s vision of U.S. foreign policy, which he has shorthanded as “America first.”

Here are five things you should know about the strategy:


I could not find anything different in his speech from an Obama speech…all in all it was the least credible speech so far….

The Trump administration’s just-released National Security Strategy (NSS) is, unsurprisingly, the least credible document in the history of US foreign policy-making. Its words are a poor match with US actions since January. They also bear little resemblance to the speech Trump gave for the rollout of the NSS itself, which emphasised nativist tropes about America as a victim on the world stage. Pundits anticipated as much even before the NSS was released, and they were right.

But just because what the document says cannot be taken at face value does not mean the document is devoid of worth. America’s new NSS reveals much to those who might look to it for meaning rather than guidance or expectations of policies to come.


The US has done nothing but make matters internationally worse for almost a year and this document does little to change to course.

5 thoughts on “When Did National Security Become A Joke?

  1. Good to see you ‘back in the saddle’ immediately after Christmas Day, chuq.
    We had no politics on our news yesterday. It was all about the Royal Family, and Christmas messages fro religious leaders, etc.I expect it will all be back to ‘normal’ after today. The shops are open, and the sales have started…
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Always my friend….most of our news was reruns from the week before….it’s Boxing Day….. may you survive the shopping if that is one the agenda…..chuq

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