“[US] President [Barack] Obama’s failure to acknowledge and confront growing threats to our national security has reached staggering new heights,” McCaul stated. “The administration’s new national security strategy once again proves this White House is incapable of identifying the most immediate threat to our homeland: violent Islamist extremism.”
McCaul criticized Obama for releasing “hardened terrorists and doing everything he can to close the Guantanamo Bay facility,” claiming that Islamist extremists are recruiting foot soldiers in America and abroad, and opening training camps in safe havens from the Middle East to South Asia and West Africa.
“It is past time for the administration to call the Islamist terror threat what it is, develop a cogent plan to defeat it, and marshal the resources necessary for success,” the lawmaker stressed. “They need to get serious before it is too late and develop a national security strategy that is in line with the realities of the dangerous world we live in."
2015 National Security strategy was unveiled by the White House on Friday.
Obama’s second and final national action plan outlines long-term strategies for the country’s executive leadership in issues of security, prosperity and international order.
According to the strategy, Washington can use military force, unilaterally if necessary, when US citizens are threatened and when the security of US allies is endangered, and ensured that the United States will train and equip local partners in order to strengthen their efforts to fight against terrorism.
The previous National Security Strategy was issued in 2010 and advocated building more effective partnerships with Russia, as well as India and China, in nuclear non-proliferation and in combating climate change, among other priorities.