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No security clearance is needed to view the current President's National Security Strategy released to the general public and media in December 2017, almost a year ago. It is written in comprehensible, straightforward language complete with clear, graspable headings and priorities outlined in less than 50 pages. Anyone with a reasonable high school education should be able to understand this document. Yet few have written about the strategy and priorities outlined by the President (and his advisers, policy analysts) in media commonly accessible to US citizens, nor has it been mentioned in many subject specific journals. The usual mouthpieces such as "Foreign Affairs Magazine"-published by the establishment Council on Foreign Relations, or "Foreign Policy Journal"-published by Graham Holdings company/Washington Post/Jeff Bezos-which are both composed of an editorial board and writers who are vehemently anti-Trump; have been mute. Therefore it is not surprising they do not want to analyze this articulate, clear and comprehensive document which came from the new Trump administration.
However there was one blog writer, Elliot Abrams, who did post a piece on the Council of Foreign Relations/cfr.org blog (see link below) which went through the five main points of the new Trump National Security Policy and only disagreed with one point. Mr. Abrams thought when it came to Islamist and jihadist ideas, that they can only be defeated by "better ideas and not police truncheons"; however I believe in this case, he does not understand the complexity and cruelty of the jihadist/caliphate barbaric agenda. Here are two excerpts which were surprisingly affirming of the document.
"The criticisms of the NSS came from predictable quarters, and in many cases seemed to me merely to reflect the writer’s attitude toward the President rather than a fair assessment of the document." He goes on to state a quite positive view of the document by saying, "The National Security Strategy, produced far earlier in the life of this administration than are most, is an impressive achievement. The Trump administration will produce other National Security Strategies, because as it confronts that Hobbesian world there will be new tests and challenges, successes and inevitably failures as well, and new evaluations of older approaches. Let us hope that future NSS efforts match the intellectual seriousness of this one." www.cfr.org/blog/trump-national-security-strategy
Why does this document matter to us and to other countries we do and do not interact with on a political, economic and/or military platform? What effect could it possibly have on the "ordinary American citizen"? I will briefly answer these questions in this post while hopefully bringing more visibility to the re-directed path of foreign and security policies this administration is trying to implement. You may read the original document yourself by clicking on the links below. All the information presented is open source and easily searchable on all major search engines.
The business background and the business experience President Trump has coming from a first generation on his maternal side, and a second generation American on his paternal side; shifts the policy emphasis of "security" to focus on economic security more than in previous documents with other administrations. This emphasis interweaves economic security and protection with what is usually associated with defense as security. www.defensenews.com/breaking-news/2017/12/18/trumps-national-security-strategy-unveiled-with-focus-on-economics/
By concentrating on border security this addresses both economic and civil security. By designating stricter controls on universities, research centers and tightening intellectual property rights, cyber security, as well as re-directing manufacturing for IT, weapons parts, weapons systems; this document is rigorous and centers attention on American interests. It is unapologetic for the priorities being: "fair and balanced trade" with the stated preference being on "American first". It does not say, "America only" but American as first priority. American people, American industry, American labor, American intellectual and property rights are designated as the paramount focus. Why not? If you will not give preferential treatment to your own family, your own community, your own country for economic and personal security-who else will?
It also maps out the inter-relationship of the pertinent sectors of security operations. Instead of separation of economic-defense-military-law enforcement-joint operations-it considers all in the more realistic mission fields of "Co-Security-Spheres" (see unclassified slide below). This document concentrates on 'reciprocity' both domestically and internationally. In my opinion a positive and practical shift which heightens areas of responsibility while respecting "staying in the lanes" of each sector.
As others have reported, designating criminal networks, cartels, as narco "terrorists" would also release more resources to manage these security, safety and health "challenges" in a conflict directed manner. This different label should prove more effective in harnessing assets, as well as more powerful courses of action, to battle and eliminate this "invasion"/insurgency in the United States adversely affecting so much of our citizenry due to increased crime, drug related deaths as well as health issues, illegal arms, human trafficking, hostage taking, election fraud and leverage by criminal gangs. All serious concerns.
How can and will this document impact us as individual citizens?
Consider the individual intellectual property rights in the 21st century of programs Google corporation has such as 'dragonfly' and 'skynet' (see my previous blog posts on ECHELONs, October 2, 2018 ). By placing a security priority on intellectual rights as security and human rights, as part of our "identities", and personal information to be protected from 'theft' by other countries or corporations; our personal privacy and identifying traits and information have some degree of assurance by policy and law, at least in the United States. This is an evolutionary move to protect the constitutional rights the USA has fought to maintain for each citizen against ever mounting odds of technological over reach and internationally funded interference. It is possible to have corporations that censor free speech, promote violence and bias, soon designated as "enemy combatants". This is not far fetched and is possible, legally. This would open a channel for arrests, cease and desist orders, imprisonment and more appropriate rules of engagement.
Enforcement of these laws and policies is another problem with it's own complications, but this document provides a framework for building upon infrastructure-both legal and practical-and directing funding and interest to these matters.
Moreover, next week the US Supreme Court (with newly installed Justice Brett Kavanaugh) has agreed to hear a potentially landmark case which would rule on the role and responsibilities of tech & social media companies to be more transparent in their policies regarding demonetization and censorship of sites. A new ruling could clarify if these companies (Twitter, Facebook, Amazon) are "state actors" and therefore have those corresponding liabilities. www.economist.com/democracy-in-america/2018/10/17/the-supreme-court-takes-a-public-access-tv-case
While the USA has many of it's own political leaders actually advocating violence citizen against citizen, calling for assassination of political leaders openly and not condemning violence; and while there seems to be no punitive actions to deter physical, property and verbal assault - a new level of "security" needs to be implemented in our 'land of the free and home of the brave' if we are to remain safe and free. It is mostly cowards who hurl their fists, feet, bottles, rocks, insults while covering their faces in black masks like thugs and terrorists, scattering in mobs to attack and run. However, there are experienced disruptors, cyber criminals, doxxers, brain washed persons who militantly train, threaten and plan to murder US leaders and even their families as well as ordinary public servants in all branches of government. These are serious "threats" and warrant different security measures than we have applied previously in the United States. If we do not respond vigorously, the entire world will see that we are inadequate in securing our own borders, our own population, our own system of government. www.naturalnews.com/2018-09-28-civil-war-alert-leftists-openly-plot-mass-executions-of-conservatives-senators.html
A salient point was made about the "caravan of potential immigrants" rushing toward Mexico and the USA. Many carried Honduran flags or flags of other countries. This is not the usual modus operandi for those seeking asylum - this is what invaders, those wanting to conquer and place their stamp on a place do. Reflect on this and then decide which reaction is appropriate to counter such an invasion.
If you know history, you can look back to the riots in Germany tearing down the Weimar Republic, or review the designer 'color revolutions' bought and paid for to disrupt elections and "start revolutions"-most of them funded by the Soros organization ironically called the Open Society-and see that if history is not to repeat a negative step back for anti corruption and freedom of expression, for the right to protection from search, seizure of privacy as well as property rights; these next months are critical for the USA, for the "west", and for those in the rest of the world watching who still believe in and support the founding principles of the Republic that is the United States of America.
There are still earnest, deeply "good", strong people who believe in the necessity of the rule of law, of the right to vote and the necessity of voting. We do have people who are vigilant, and who labor to uncover voter fraud, vote tampering, graft and corruption. May they also be guided and protected so their important work prevails.
Fortunately this is still a country where you won't get blown up going to the polls. Moreover twenty states and Washington, D.C. allow voters to return ballots via email or fax. The places to vote are open for at least twelve hours if not longer. The entire process is very easy for almost everyone, it is just a question of a little planning and will power. Make it a priority to vote in these mid-term elections in the USA. This is a crucial one for the survival of our Republic.
Take care wherever you may be this week. Leaving ya'll with a song from a more united, simpler time to "Rock in the USA". Enjoy:
Until next week,