New National Security Strategy Limits Armed Forces

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A new national security strategy has been unveiled by the Obama administration -- and it differs greatly from the plan developed under former President George W. Bush.

The policy calls for armed conflict to be used only as a last resort, when diplomacy is exhausted.

"We have to build the sources of America's strength and influence, and shape a world that is more peaceful and more prosperous," Obama said in reference to the plan.

Does the president's new security policy adequately address the threats facing America?  Andrew McCarthy, a former federal terrorism prosecutor and the author of The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left are Sabotaging America, appeared on the CBN Newschannel's Morning program to answer that question and more.

Click play for his comments.

A preview of his strategy was outlined recently during a speech at West Point.

"Simply put, American innovation must be the foundation of American power," Obama said. "Because at no time in human history has a nation of diminished economic vitality maintained its military and political primacy."

Every incoming president is required by law to submit a national security plan to Congress.

The White House says the focus will be on American's economy and strengthening global alliances to keep the country safe.

And for the first time, the document will highlight the threat posed to the country by homegrown terrorists.

A new report by the Department of Homeland Security says terror attacks against the U.S. are at all time high and that future threats could include more homegrown extremists.

In an attempt to break from what was done under the Bush administration, President Obama is pushing a multilateral approach to confront terrorism and other global challenges.

"America has not succeeded by stepping out of the currents of cooperation," Obama said. "We have succeeded by steering those currents."

The security strategy will be submitted to Congress on June 15.

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