Secretary Clinton To Discuss Obama Administration's National Security Strategy

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
May 27, 2010
Brookings Institution Replay Secretary Clinton National Security Strategy May 27, 2010

Secretary Clinton will participate in a conversation with Brookings Institution President Strobe Talbott at Brookings on Thursday, May 27 at 1:30 p.m. They will discuss the major points of the Obama Administration's National Security Strategy (NSS), including preventing nuclear proliferation, terrorism and al Qaeda, use of military force, development and diplomacy. Secretary Clinton will take questions from the audience. Watch a live broadcast here on DipNote and



Joseph M.
Oregon, USA
May 27, 2010

Joseph A.M. in Oregon writes:

Madam Secretary and President Strobe Talbott:

I would like to see more of an emphasis placed on addressing the root causes of Islamic fundamentalism, militancy and with addressing the growing trend of radicalization of Muslim youth globally. Particularly for the youth who are in the West and who are being attracted to militant fundamentalist groups and ideology abroad.

I do not agree with the recent drone-missile strike in Ma'rib, (May 25) that killed a prominent Yemeni Tribal and Sheikh -- Jaber Al-Shabwani. By targeting Tribal leaders and prominent Imams in Yemen, this will increase tensions greatly in Yemen between the various tribes, the Yemeni government and U.S. interests in the Arabian peninsula and for the region. I do not agree with the blatant stereotypes, where if a religious Imam or an Islamic cleric has a conservative viewpoint of Islam (Salafist), he is unfairly labeled a "terrorist" by the West.

The U.S. needs to restructure and rethink its strategy of drone-launched missile and air-strikes in the Muslim world, including Pakistan and in the African Continent, the current policy is counterproductive and the adverse implications/impact outweighs the benefits.

There have been to many instances of collateral damage, civilian casualties and missed targets. This type of tactical and military style strikes, leads to more anti-Americanism, resentment towards the West and will result in a new generation of Muslim youth, who will be even more attracted and more determined in joining the most extreme and militant fundamentalist groups in the future.

I do not agree with our strategy of relying on predator-drone and Air-strikes in any nation who is currently engaged in dealing with Islamic fundamentalists or terrorism, there are alternative methods for countering these types of perceived threats.

I honestly believe that our government and foreign policy advisers should pursue a strategy for addressing the root-causes of Islamic fundamentalism, starting by looking at our strategy in dealing with areas in conflict and failed states -- a good example would be Mogadishu, Somalia and Sana'a Yemen.

Rodrigo J.
May 27, 2010

Rodrigo P.J. in Ecuador writes:

We also want to participate in controlling the proliferation of nuclear weapons and in the fight against drug trafficking and terrorism, it is our responsibility to history, but we also have many problems to solve, from extreme poverty, consolidate democracy, to generate more electrical power.

May 28, 2010

O. writes:

You've got it. National security is global security now imagine all the people living as one! ...and then a few million stood up...


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