Zinni calls on Obama to Release “National Strategy Report” and for US “Smart Power” Functions to be Organized in a New Military Command


This is an eight minute exchange with retired 4-star General and former CENTCOM Commander and Israel/Palestine presidential envoy Anthony Zinni. It’s well worth watching.
Among the interesting zingers offered by General Zinni, he suggests (1) that the Obama administration needs to issue its “National Security Strategy” which by law it is supposed to do within 150 days of the administration; (2) that the “smart power” functions of our global security agenda would be better served by taking the ‘civil affairs’ functions out of the military units in which they operate and stand them up as a separate and distinct Pentagon command — which would coordinate with the State Department and US AID; and (3) that the envoy process is disruptive, distracting, and usually disappointing.
Zinni’s proposals are provocative and substantive. I have asked someone at the Department of State about possibly responding. Hopefully this will happen in the near term.
Anthony Zinni, Chairman of the Board of BAE Systems, is author of Leading the Charge: Leadership Lessons from the Battlefield to the Boardroom.
— Steve Clemons


4 comments on “Zinni calls on Obama to Release “National Strategy Report” and for US “Smart Power” Functions to be Organized in a New Military Command

  1. Charlie Chuck says:

    Ex-General Anthony Zinni, now head of Murder Inc (aka BAE Systems).


  2. JohnH says:

    Of course, General Zinni, now COB of BAE, would recommend that the military take over more strategic planning of foreign policy. Any conflicts of interest there? Any more consulting business for BAE?
    Zinni could serve as the poster boy for the entwined interests of the military/energy security complex that has completely corrupted any attempt at a rational foreign policy.
    American foreign policy–the best foreign policy money can buy!


  3. Syed Qamar Afzal Rizvi says:

    If the former general zinni is of the view that the Obama administration should manage a clear mechanism for the adoption of new administration’s stand regarding the US smart power doctrine,I positively and fervently hope that the current US administration should have have no let and confusion to do that in so far as the positive intentions of President Obama need no explanation.


  4. ... says:

    and in other “military news”
    a NATO air strike in the north blew up two fuel trucks Friday morning, causing a fiery explosion that killed up to 90 people, many of them civilians..
    great promo..


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