Vice President Joe Biden, left, House Speaker John Boehner, right, listen as President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech. Photo by Jim Bourg/Reuters
Obama Still Has Not Laid Out A U.S. Strategic Doctrine -- Louis Rene Beres, Washington Times
A ‘nuclear free world’ is a daydream, not reality
President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address last week made specific reference to critical international issues, notably a planned U.S. troop drawdown from Afghanistan, Iran’s developing nuclear bomb assets and North Korea’s nuclear tests. He also expressed grave concern about the adequacy of American cyber-defenses. Absent, however, was a coherent and aptly general focus on U.S. strategic doctrine.
Nowhere were Mr. Obama’s discrete references linked to more usefully comprehensive visions of American nuclear strategy.
Yes, predictably, the president renewed his seemingly sensible drive for cuts in nuclear arms, but this was only about number, not doctrine.
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My Comment: President Obama's focus since day one has always been on domestic issues .... not foreign policy ones. As a result .... we have no specific strategic doctrine .... what we have are just cliches and proposals that are vague and unspecific.