We hear the term “national security” bandied about a lot, but what exactly does it mean at the boot top level?
First, let’s be clear as to what the term “national security” is supposed to mean, shall we? For the purpose of our discussion, it is the protection of the United States from direct attack or preventing any hostile or destructive action against us.
It may entail economic security, environmental security, military security, political security, energy security, or the security of our natural resources.
As to economic security, one could easily see the issue of trade as being an area of interest in the context of national security.
In the machinations of the Paris Accord, the issue of environmental security was obvious. The US was tasked to make enormous changes and to provide substantial funding while countries like China were to do next to nothing because they were “developing” countries in spite of the fact they were the world’s largest polluter. This is how President Trump justified his decision to pull the plug.
Military security is paramount in such places as the Middle East or freedom of navigation patrols in the South China Sea where China is on the rise threatening Taiwan with invasion and militarizing a dozen islands and atolls. Watching how “One China, Two Systems” plays out in Hong Kong is a wakeup call to the US as it relates to China, a vicious Communist regime that thwarts and smashes the yearnings of its people for freedom.
The Russian attack on our elections is an area of focus as it relates to political security.
The sanctity of the free passage of oil through the Straits of Hormuz is an area pertinent to energy security — though less so to us than ever before, because of our own domestic energy production.
The sale of uranium to Russia during the Obama administration is an example of a topic pertinent to securing our natural resources.