As covered here, the WMD Commission joined the chorus of those questioning the appropriate fate or future of the White House Homeland Security Council (HSC). Even the Congressional Research Service joined in with a report questioning the statutory legitimacy of the HSC.
This ongoing debate has heard from such experts on the issue as P.J. Crowley, a former NSC staffer now at the Center for American Progress, and CSIS’s David Heyman, also a former White House staffer. David told CQ that “We should abolish the HSC and it should be subsumed by the National Security Council.” I wish he would just say what he really thinks….
P.J. is equally suspicious of an NSC-HSC dichotomy:
“It doesn’t make sense to have an Iraq policy where you are creating terrorists disconnected from a homeland security policy where you are supposed to be able to defend against them.”
Even when the Iraq war comes to an end, there still will be strong support for consolidating the NSC and HSC organizations at the White House. But what do you think?
The next Administration is surely planning to come down on the issue one way or another. I’d like to get HLSwatch readers to offer their two cents. You can be as pithy and to the point as Heyman, or be as deliberative as CRS. If you agree that the HSC should be altered, be specific about what changes are necessary. For example, install a new Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security? Simply shift all HSC directorates to an expanded NSC? Redefine the role of the National Security Advisor?
All opinions welcome, just submit them via the Comment link below.