A Critique of the Bush Administration’s National Security Strategy

In March2006 the Bush administration released itsNational Security Strategy (NSS),as required byCongress under the Goldwater-Nichols Departmentof Defense Reorganization Act of 1986.This latestiterationof the national security strategy again dis-appoints—it fails to offer a realistic plan withachievable goals to safeguard American interests,contradicts the actual policies and actions of theadministration,and reveals an absence of introspec-tion and lessons learned from the mistakes of thefirst term.

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