Ben Buchwalter


Obama’s Five-Point Plan for Fighting Extremism
January 9, 2010, 4:10 pm
Filed under: Foreign Affairs, Mother Jones | Tags: , , ,

August 6, 2009

Months before President Obama committed to sending an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan, his senior adviser for Homeland Security and Counter terrorism laid out the administration’s 5-pronged strategy to the war on terrorism. Brennan was a bit of an odd choice to deliver the speech, because of his ties to the Bush administration and reported clashes with administration officials with respect to declassifying the notorious torture memos. But he’s Obama’s guy and laid out the cautious strategy in August. I deciphered the speech’s meaning and context for MoJo. An excerpt:

Brennan stressed the importance of restoring America’s moral reputation. A key strength of the President’s anti-terrorism strategy, he said, is that it no longer undermines national security by turning the American forces into monsters with the use of so-called enhanced interrogation techniques. Such actions, he said, “were not in keeping with our values as Americans, and these practices have been rightly terminated.” Brennan’s repudiation of these techniques is especially interesting because he was Obama’s first choice for CIA chief, but withdrew his name after critics said he was too soft on torture, which paved the way for the eventual choice Leon Panetta.

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