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United States National Security Strategy - written July 2009

United States National Security Strategy - written July 2009

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Published by: mdderham on Apr 01, 2010
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United States¶ National 1Running head: NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGYUnited States¶ National Security StrategyMark D. DerhamAmerican Military University
United States¶ National 2AbstractThe Bush administration¶s strategic priorities were developed during a time of war, and it isevident in many of the stated national interests and strategic priorities. The main strategic priorities that reverberated throughout the National Security Strategy were to enhance alliances,increase cooperation, promote democracy worldwide, and increase the global economy (WhiteHouse, 2006). Bush fell short in many aspects of these priorities during his 8 years in office.Alliances were enhanced, and Bush was very successful in creating much closer ties with bothRussia and China through the six party talks over North Korea¶s nuclear program. However,when it comes to alliances that will help in the Global War on Terror, there is still much to do.The Global War on Terror that the Bush administration began caused many to question theUnited States¶ stance on human rights. Many alliances were created at that time with nationsthat had less than stellar reputations, and the fiasco over Guantanamo Bay has likely scarredAmerica for a long time to come. This hindered his objective of championing democracy andhuman dignity across the globe. Bush¶s desire to increase the global economy failed miserablywith the advent of a global recession that is still looming in the air to this day. The globalrecession will be the primary focus as the Obama administration moves ahead. Attempting togain a foothold on the Global War on Terror beginning in Afghanistan and continuing to work to limit the proliferation of WMDs just as Bush did will continue to be a top priority for Obama.It is already become apparent that Obama would like to follow a more diplomatic approach tomany of the global security issues rather than use military force as a means of persuasion as theBush administration did on many occasions.
United States¶ National 3The National Security Strategy outlines national interests and strategic priorities that canhardly be assessed on a short term basis; rather, results are much more evident in the long termonce the strategy has been completed implemented and had time to take effect. The Bushadministration¶s priorities were developed during a time of war, and it is evident in many of thestated national interests and strategic priorities. The main strategic priorities that reverberatethroughout the National Security Strategy were to enhance alliances, increase cooperation, promote democracy worldwide, and increase the global economy. Bush fell short in manyaspects of these priorities during his 8 years in office.The first priority of President Bush¶s 2006 National Security Strategy was to ³Championaspirations for human dignity´ (White House, 2006). In short, President Bush wanted to createmore democracies and support human rights worldwide. It is widely believed that a democracyis the best form of government as democracies strengthen international stability, reduceconflicts, counter terrorism and extremism, and extend both peace and prosperity (White House,2006). Extending human rights has long been a priority of the United States; however, I believethat many decisions that were made in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and EnduringFreedom caused many to questions our nation¶s intentions. This is mainly due to the alliancesthat were formed between the United States and several countries that had less than stellar reputations when it came to human rights. Additionally, the conundrum of Guantanamo Bay hasliked stained the United States¶ reputation for many years to come. There is no doubt that theUnited States has since, and even during the last few years, pressed for human rights anddemocracy in many countries; however, there is much more that could be done. This includesincreasing efforts to stabilize many African nations that remain in turmoil as well as nationssuch as Myanmar where the people don¶t have the power or the voice to dethrone the military

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