John Brennan, Deputy National Security Advisor and Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, gave a speech late this morning at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The speech and a Q&A session concluded about 12:30.
A video of his remarks is available from the CSIS website.
Yesterday Mr. Brennan gave an interview to the Washington Post that places the remarks in an interesting context. This morning’s Post headlines its report as, “Obama’s battle against terrorism to go beyond bombs and bullets.”
The speech is worth analysis — and consideration of connections with other homeland security initiatives — but I am on the run. Please offer your reactions and analysis using the comment function.
(About an hour later) A bit more, while I wait for my next meeting to begin:
Here are some early news reports:
Obama’s counter-terrorism advisor denounces Bush-era policies (Los Angeles Times)
White House: “War on Terror” is over (Washington Times)
John Brennan outlines Obama’s counterterrorism strategy (Washington Independent)
I hope there will be a transcript. The remarks strike me as most valuable for their nuance, but nuance is better assessed by engaging the written word. Clearly I have no future in broadcast punditry.
(Two minutes later) Ask and ye shall receive, thanks to Foreign Policy a transcript is now available. Please access: A new approach to safeguarding Americans.