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[infowar.de] National Security Strategy of the United States
Das "Kochbuch" für das, was die USA außen- und sicherheitspolitisch in
der nächsten Zeit anrichten wollen.
Die "National Security Strategy of the United States" im Volltext:
September 20, 2002
Excerpts: Bush's National Security Strategy
F ollowing are excerpts from President Bush's outline of "The National
Security Strategy of the United States." The full text is online at
The great struggles of the 20th century between liberty and
totalitarianism ended with a decisive victory for the forces of freedom
and a single sustainable model for national success: freedom, democracy
and free enterprise. In the 21st century, only nations that share a
commitment to protecting basic human rights and guaranteeing political
and economic freedom will be able to unleash the potential of their
people and assure their future prosperity. People everywhere want to say
what they think, choose who will govern them, worship as they please,
educate their children -- male and female, own property and enjoy the
benefits of their labor. These values of freedom are right and true for
every person, in every society -- and the duty of protecting these
values against their enemies is the common calling of freedom-loving
people across the globe. . . .
The events of Sept. 11, 2001, taught us that weak states like
Afghanistan can pose as great a danger to our national interests as
strong states. Poverty does not make poor people into terrorists and
murderers. Yet poverty, weak institutions and corruption can make weak
states vulnerable to terrorist networks and drug cartels within their
I. OVERVIEW OF AMERICA'S INTERNATIONAL STRATEGY
. Speak out honestly about violations of the nonnegotiable demands of
human dignity using our voice and vote in international institutions to
. use our foreign aid to promote freedom and support those who struggle
nonviolently for it, ensuring that nations moving toward democracy are
rewarded for the steps they take;
. take special efforts to promote freedom of religion and conscience and
defend it from encroachment by repressive governments. . . .
II. STRENGTHEN ALLIANCES TO DEFEAT GLOBAL TERRORISM AND WORK TO PREVENT
ATTACKS AGAINST US AND OUR FRIENDS
. . . Our priority will be first to disrupt and destroy terrorist
organizations of global reach and attack their leadership; command,
control, and communications; material support; and finances. This will
have a disabling effect upon the terrorists' ability to plan and operate.
We will disrupt and destroy terrorist organizations by:
. direct and continuous action using all the elements of national and
international power. Our immediate focus will be those terrorist
organizations of global reach and any terrorist or state sponsor of
terrorism which attempts to gain or use weapons of mass destruction
(W.M.D.) or their precursors;
. defending the United States, the American people and our interests at
home and abroad by identifying and destroying the threat before it
reaches our borders. While the United States will constantly strive to
enlist the support of the international community, we will not hesitate
to act alone, if necessary, to exercise our right of self-defense by
acting pre-emptively; . . . and
. denying further sponsorship, support and sanctuary to terrorists by
convincing or compelling states to accept their sovereign responsibilities.
We will also wage a war of ideas to win the battle against international
terrorism. This includes:
. using the full influence of the United States, and working closely
with allies and friends, to make clear that all acts of terrorism are
illegitimate so that terrorism will be viewed in the same light as
slavery, piracy, or genocide: behavior that no respectable government
can condone or support and all must oppose;
. supporting moderate and modern government, especially in the Muslim
world, to ensure that the conditions and ideologies that promote
terrorism do not find fertile ground in any nation; . . .
V. PREVENT OUR ENEMIES FROM THREATENING US, OUR ALLIES AND OUR FRIENDS
WITH WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION
. . . Our comprehensive strategy to combat W.M.D. includes:
. Proactive counterproliferation efforts. We must deter and defend
against the threat before it is unleashed. . . . Given the goals of
rogue states and terrorists, the United States can no longer solely rely
on a reactive posture as we have in the past. The inability to deter a
potential attacker, the immediacy of today's threats, and the magnitude
of potential harm that could be caused by our adversaries' choice of
weapons, do not permit that option. . . .
VI. IGNITE A NEW ERA OF GLOBAL ECONOMIC GROWTH THROUGH FREE MARKETS AND
. . . We will use our economic engagement with other countries to
underscore the benefits of policies that generate higher productivity
and sustained economic growth, including:
. pro-growth legal and regulatory policies to encourage business
investment, innovation and entrepreneurial activity;
. tax policies, particularly lower marginal tax rates, that improve
incentives for work and investment;
. rule of law and intolerance of corruption so that people are confident
that they will be able to enjoy the fruits of their economic endeavors.
. . .
Beyond market access, the most important area where trade intersects
with poverty is in public health. We will ensure that the W.T.O.
intellectual property rules are flexible enough to allow developing
nations to gain access to critical medicines for extraordinary dangers
like H.I.V./AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
VII. EXPAND THE CIRCLE OF DEVELOPMENT BY OPENING SOCIETIES AND BUILDING
THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF DEMOCRACY
A world where some live in comfort and plenty, while half of the human
race lives on less than $2 a day, is neither just nor stable. Including
all of the world's poor in an expanding circle of development and
opportunity is a moral imperative and one of the top priorities of U.S.
international policy. . . .
The United States Government will . . . provide resources to aid
countries that have met the challenge of national reform. We propose a
50 percent increase in the core development assistance given by the
United States. . . .
IX. TRANSFORM AMERICA'S NATIONAL SECURITY INSTITUTIONS TO MEET THE
CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES OF THE 21ST CENTURY:
. . . The United States must and will maintain the capability to defeat
any attempt by an enemy -- whether a state or nonstate actor -- to
impose its will on the United States, our allies, or our friends. We
will maintain the forces sufficient to support our obligations, and to
defend freedom. Our forces will be strong enough to dissuade potential
adversaries from pursuing a military buildup in hopes of surpassing, or
equaling, the power of the United States. . . .
Ultimately, the foundation of American strength is at home. It is in the
skills of our people, the dynamism of our economy and the resilience of
our institutions. A diverse, modern society has inherent, ambitious,
entrepreneurial energy. Our strength comes from what we do with that
energy. That is where our national security begins.
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