New US security goals prize non-military security

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 20:40

Washington: The Obama administration`s new
outline of its top national security goals will say the United
States should maintain its military advantage over the rest of
the world while prizing other kinds of power, according to a
summary obtained by a news agency.

The document says the highest priority for national
security is the safety of Americans, and that strategies for a
more peaceful world begin at home. It says the US must
galvanise support abroad and at home to address global
challenges.

The National Security Strategy will be the first
produced under President Barack Obama, laying out his goals.
The document, like those produced by other presidents, is
purposely vague.

The AP obtained details of the document ahead of its
planned release by the White House this week.

The strategy points to diplomacy, development and other
methods of influence, while making clear the United States
intends to maintain its military strength. The US has the
world`s most powerful military, with unsurpassed reach and
resources currently stretched by two wars and other
challenges.

The document was expected to walk away from a position
held by former President George W. Bush that the United States
could or should undertake pre-emptive wars. Bush`s 2002
National Security Strategy posited that doctrine, and the 2003
US-led invasion of Iraq made good on it.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 20:40

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