The big question for the NSS this time around is whether it has any point or purpose beyond the level of a particularly wide-lens stump speech. Preemptive action doctrine is quite a trip — but what can you do for an encore? Jed, you’re right to ask whether we dare actually implement the rhetoric.
The questions are multiplying. Isn’t the NSS supposed to be a policy document? Does it matter if it’s not? And if so, what’s the point? To whom do we want to spill our strategic guts anyhow?
It’s a postmodern thicket: will the text of this message self-destruct?