Thursday, 27 May 2010

The shifting focus of U.S. National Security (in words)

Today the Obama administration released its new National Security Strategy (May 2010), with John Brennan - the President's top counter-terrorism advisor, noting:
"The president’s strategy is absolutely clear about the threat we face. Our enemy is not terrorism because terrorism is but a tactic. Our enemy is not terror because terror is a state of mind and, as Americans, we refuse to live in fear. Nor do we describe our enemy as jihadists or Islamists because jihad is holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam meaning to purify oneself or [sic] one’s community."
Republican Congressman (R-NY) Peter King points out: "The Obama Administration refuses to even identify head-on the threat our nation faces." You can decide what you think by comparing Obama's NSS strategy (2010) to that of Bush (2006). Here is the word-count of some of the buzz words:


(analysis is not exact as word counts/page numbers differ; also based on word & derivations.)



          NSS 2010           NSS 2006



International 194 69
Partner 120 48
Nuclear 74 50
Terror 57 124
Democracy 55 124
Law 38 22
Health 35 5
Iraq 33 57
Human rights 32 9
Education 31 3
Climate 28 1
Al Qa'ida 27 12
Africa 24 25
Cyber 23 1
Israel 21 10
Afghanistan 20 15
Pakistan 15 9
Russia 14 17
Iran 14 16
NATO 13 9
Civil society 13 4
China 10 28
United Nations 10 4
Palestinian 9 11
Deficit 8 1
Poverty 8 9
Corruption 7 14
Regime 7 33
Religion 5 8
Islam 4 7
Muslim 4 7
Hamas 0 4

2 comments:

  1. Nice job Taufiq, I really enjoy reading your posts! Keep it up!

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  2. Also check out a site called Many Eyes, which has some good tools to help graphically map out word counts such as the above.. Cheers, A

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