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3/20/2006

The National Security Strategy

In case you missed it, the new NSS is up. More attention ought to be paid to official documents like these, as they often provide a surprising degree of frankness about the administration's goals and plans. Of course, it's all drenched in a thick covering of rhetorical bullshit; I haven't worked through it yet, but a quick glance yields knee-slappers like "it is the policy of the United States to seek and support democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world" an "the United States Government will work to advance human dignity in word and deed."

Also notable is the fact that an entire chapter is included with the title "Ignite a New Era of Global Economic Growth through Free Markets and Free Trade." Putting aside the destructiveness and injustice of "free trade" policy, what possible relevance does this have to "national security"? The administration's answer:

"Promoting free and fair trade has long been a bedrock tenet of American foreign policy. Greater economic freedom is ultimately inseparable from political liberty."

Of course, they mean "free and fair trade" for big business; "political liberty" for multinational corporations. But it's true that such economic motives have long been at the heart of US foreign policy, and continue to be. But the atrocity of using war as just another means to profit goes unmentioned in the mainstream, corporate press.

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