As Barack Obama leaves office, the world is in a precarious place. Russia, China, and Iran may all soon look to test President elect Donald Trump, so it’s absolutely critical that he hit the ground running. This shouldn’t be a problem, since these countries have been trying to provoke the Obama administration for his entire presidency, but it is.
Because it appears the Obama administration had no developed strategy for dealing with these countries.
Per the Washington Free Beacon:
The Obama administration is leaving incoming President Donald Trump with no formal national security strategy, according to research by a non-partisan think tank that puts forth a defense strategy for the U.S. military in Europe and Asia.
The report, released by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments one day before Trump’s inauguration, assesses that China is the greatest long-term threat to U.S. interests, with Russia and Iran as secondary challenges. It recommended the incoming administration bolster American forces in the Western Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East.
“At present, the United States does not have a formal national security strategy, as it appears that no classified national security strategy was formulated during the Obama administration,” the report states. “The importance of a classified strategy cannot be discounted.”
Congress has aimed to reform and streamline the way the Pentagon develops its national military strategy using annual defense policy legislation. Last month, lawmakers passed the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act for the current fiscal year, laying out multiple requirements for the defense secretary’s national defense strategy, which is submitted to congressional defense committees every four years. The policy bill also established a commission of experts, appointed by Congress, to review the defense strategy and make recommendations.
People were worried that President elect Donald Trump’s inexperience might lead us into a nuclear war. But we’re more worried about President Obama, who seemed intent on sleeping through one.
Thank God our long national nightmare is now over.