“Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power
over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and
senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of
this country.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1882-1945, 32nd U.S. President
Founded in 2006, The National Security Roundtable (NSR) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to developing and promoting a well-informed and actively engaged citizenry on matters relating to U.S. national defense, homeland security and foreign policy. NSR’s mission is to educate and inform the national security debate on critical national and international policy issues relating to the security of the U.S. and its global allies.
Unlike most organizations that deal with this subject matter and are based in Washington, DC, the seat of government, New York-based NSR was founded with the belief that one of the biggest challenges facing our nation today is an uninformed (or misinformed) citizenry. It goes to the kind of leaders and representatives we choose, the kind of policies we support, and the standards by which we judge these leaders and policies. As the "ultimate rulers of our democracy," ignorance on the part of We the People and, by extension, those we choose to lead or represent us, is an obstacle that even the mightiest of militaries will find difficult, if not impossible to overcome.
Thomas Jefferson once said, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” Indeed, and it is with this in mind that NSR works to educate, inform and provide a forum for serious debate and discussion on all matters national security, ours and that of our allies.
It is also with this in mind that, contrary to common practice today, NSR strives to elevate rather than lower the debate. We make every effort to stimulate and encourage independent thought, of the informed kind - - rather than blind allegiance to popular opinion or groupthink, of the uninformed kind - - and to arm our members with knowledge, information and tools with which to do so. Among other things, NSR holds regular events and discussion forums. These events provide unique opportunities for members to meet and interact directly with prominent officials, experts and guest speakers, and to listen, learn, critically think and if need be, knowledgeably challenge the uninformed groupthink of the day.
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"Let me be very clear: The policy of strategic patience has ended. ... All options are on the table. If they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level we believe requires action, that option is on the table."
~ Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, at a news conference in Seoul on Friday with his South Korean counterpart, Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se (more here).