National Security Strategy of May 2010: A Critique
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This author presents the contention that the strength of the Obama strategy at present is to pull the combat troops out of Iraq; the weakness, however, is the continued double standards with regard to our policies on terrorists in Chechnya in Russia and on Uighur separatists in China. The paper argues that we need to provide full support to the Russian and Chinese efforts to suppress al-Qaeda and other terrorists in their own backyards, since it will allow us to draw down our combat troop strengths in Afghanistan and begin to rely upon local auxiliaries to do the job of beating al-Qaeda. The author also asserts that considering our weakened economic position in the world, this makes tremendous sense.
From the Paper:"For instance, in the President's National Security Strategy, he lays out the denial of safe havens to Al-Qaeda as a major goal. If Al-Qaeda is able to maintain a safe haven anywhere in the world, it is an existential threat to the US and the West. President Obama has been moving in Moscow's direction on the Chechen insurgency since June. The positive development was that the Obama administration designated Chechen insurgent leader Doku Umarov as a terrorist. Obviously the other issues like trade, U.S. investment in Russia, etc are important. Security though is more important to the Russians and this is motivating them above all else. The mixed signals that the U.S. is sending are the most pronounced with regard to Georgia. The article from the UNPO website says it all: "Russia's latest moves in the region are a clear signal that Moscow holds all the cards in this game, having come out the clear geopolitical victor in the 2008 war, and that the west lacks any substantial means to force Moscow to re-think its policy in this region." While the U.S. administration may not like the Russian position vis a vis Georgia, Abkhazia and Ossetia, it has little choice but to bend to the Russian will about a the security of ethnic Russians in these areas which are right on its border."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization, "Abkhazia: Russia's Promises Unity, Shows that Support From Moscow is to Continue." http://www.unpo.org/article/11541 (Accessed August 21, 2010).
- Barnes, Taylor. "China blast kills seven in restive Xinjiang; Uighur suspected." The Christian Science Monitor (August 19, 2010). http://www.csmonitor.com/World/terrorism-security/2010/0819/China-blast-kills-seven-in-restive-Xinjiang-Uighur-suspected (Accessed August 21, 2010).
- Gershman, Carl. "Ending the silence on China's Uighur repression." The Washington Post. (July 5, 2010). Available from http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/04/AR2010070403850.html (Accessed August 21, 2010).
- President of the United States. National Security Strategy. May 2010.
- "Obama, Medvedev meet, Russia pleased with US Chechen move." World Bulletin.net. http://www.worldbulletin.net/news_detail.php?id=60480 (Accessed August 21, 2010).
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