USA National Security Doctrine as of March, 16, 2006

It states that USA national security can be achieved by the spread of the principles of the free market and democracy. But to achieve this goal, the USA must wage a war on terrorrism or Islam. Islam is not mentioned but the reference to a war on Islam is obvious in the passage quoted below.

There are no factual or logical relations between the goals and the means. Terrorrism always existed and is not a privilege of a religion. The link between the free market, terrorrism and democracy is meaningless.

One have to admit that the only thing the USA is doing very good is the war on Islam and the spread of the free market. As for the spread of democracy and the war on terrorrism, they are both smokescreen for justifying two unpopular ideas, the idea of the free market and the idea of a war on Islam.

Demagogy made in USA. Enjoy !

Read the pdf document here.

Page 6 it says:

''Overview of America’s National Security Strategy

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. In the world today, the fundamental character of regimes matters as much as the distribution of power among them. The goal of our statecraft is to help create a world of democratic, well-governed states that can meet the needs of their citizens and conduct themselves responsibly in the international system. This is the best way to provide enduring security for the American people.
Achieving this goal is the work of generations. The United States is in the early years of a long struggle, similar tto what our country faced in the early years of the Cold War. The 20
th century witnessed the triumph of freedom over the threats of fascism and communism. Yet a new totalitarian ideology now threatens, an ideology grounded not in secular philosophy but in the perversion of a proud religion. Its content may be different from the ideologies of the last century, but its means are similar: intolerance, murder, terror, enslavement, and repression.''

Update: read this excellent post by my colleague Earl entitled: 'The making of the Arab menace'.
This is what the doctrine of the national security of the USA is doing: fabricating a menace in order to perpetuate the Industrial-military lobby. It is no coincidence that the document mentions the Islamist menace just after the communist one. These people are still living in the cold war era logic even if they claim the contrary. The cold war era was good for the military industry so why not invent a menace similar to the communist one, global, ugly and potentially menacing to individual freedoms.


Gert said...

The US's position on secularism is bizarre, to say the least.

This is one of the most religious countries in the world and one where a President is practically obliged to say "God bless America" if he want the popular vote. Christian nutcases constantly try to influence government policy on education, the army and Israel. The Religious Far Right clearly has its own theocratic agenda.

Probably the most secular state in the West is France, yet francophobia in the mainstream of US opinion is rather bon ton.

Cosmic Duck said...

Spreading democracy is a good idea, but democracy should be built up by peoples themselves. It should not be imposed from without - by use of force, as the Americans have been doing in Iraq. It is saddening to hear when civilians lose their lives in this struggle, for instance 7 civilians in Afghanistan yesterday. And then one may ask what the ulterior motive behind the "democracy drive" is.

Freedom and democracy do not seem to be for people's own sake, but for the spread of the market economy, which is in the interest of American transnationals. Halliburton, Bechtel and others are very active - and getting extremely good deals - in Iraq.

Since March 29th 2006