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Cato Policy Analysis - Bush's National Security Strategy
    #2072985 - 11/05/03 01:25 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

executive summary:

The Constitution of the United States of America makes
clear that one of the paramount responsibilities of the
federal government is to ?provide for the common
defense.? In the past, the primary threats to the United
States and U.S. interests were hostile nation-states. Today,
the real threat to America is terrorist groups, specifically
the al Qaeda terrorist network. Therefore, al Qaeda, not
rogue states, should be the primary focus of U.S. national
security strategy.

Many people mistakenly assume that al Qaeda hates the
United States for ?who we are? as a country. But the reality
is that hatred of America is fueled more by ?what we do,?
that is, our policies and actions, particularly in the Muslim
world. That does not mean that the United States deserves
to be attacked or that the attacks of September 11, 2001,
were justified. But if the United States is to take appropriate
steps to minimize its exposure to future terrorism, it must
correctly understand what motivates terrorists to attack
America. The obvious conclusion to be drawn by American
policymakers is that the United States needs to stop meddling
in the internal affairs of other countries and regions, except
when they directly threaten the territorial integrity, national
sovereignty, or liberty of the United States.

Thus, 9/11 highlights the need for the United States to distance
itself from problems that do not truly affect U.S. national security.
Much of the anti-American resentment around the world,
particularly in the Islamic world, is the result of interventionist
U.S. foreign policy. Such resentment breeds hatred, which becomes
a steppingstone to violence, including terrorism.

But the new National Security Strategy promulgated by President
Bush in September 2002 does just the opposite. It prescribes a
global security strategy based on the false belief that the best and
only way to achieve U.S. security is by forcibly creating a better
and safer world in America?s image. A better approach would be a
less interventionist foreign policy.

It is too late to stop al Qaeda from targeting America and Americans.
The United States must do everything in its power to dismantle
the al Qaeda terrorist network worldwide, but the United States
must also avoid needlessly making new terrorist enemies or fueling
the flames of virulent anti-American hatred. In the 21st century, the
less the United States meddles in the affairs of other countries, the
less likely the prospect that America and Americans will be targets
for terrorism.

http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa496.pdf

interesting read.


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Re: Cato Policy Analysis - Bush's National Security Strategy [Re: afoaf]
    #2073051 - 11/05/03 01:47 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

There is also the more paranoid school which asserts that al-Q is in reality just a front similar to Emmanuel Goldstein (=> bin Laden) in 1984. The members of this group believed that they belonged to a genuine revolutionary organization; but as communication between different cells and their commanding officers was limited, the cells were actually being directly manipulated by Big Brother not too far up the chain of command.

I suspect something similar might be the case with al-Q: it is a front for staging terrorist attacks that work to the political advantage of the Bush junta (ie. 9/11 and Bali).


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Re: Cato Policy Analysis - Bush's National Security Strategy [Re: Annapurna1]
    #2073163 - 11/05/03 02:22 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

Annapurna1 writes:

I suspect something similar might be the case with al-Q: it is a front for staging terrorist attacks that work to the political advantage of the Bush junta (ie. 9/11 and Bali).

A front for whom? Are you saying Al-Qaeda is controlled by America?

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Re: Cato Policy Analysis - Bush's National Security Strategy [Re: Phred]
    #2073451 - 11/05/03 03:54 PM (13 years, 30 days ago)

america and the aliens.


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Re: Cato Policy Analysis - Bush's National Security Strategy [Re: afoaf]
    #2073712 - 11/05/03 05:01 PM (13 years, 30 days ago)

Wait, I thought the people running america right now were the aliens.


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Re: Cato Policy Analysis - Bush's National Security Strategy [Re: PsiloKitten]
    #2073717 - 11/05/03 05:02 PM (13 years, 30 days ago)

no...they are just assholes...there is a distinct difference.


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