Saturday, March 14, 2015

"Climate Change" Frightens U.S. Military

                The Associated Press reports that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stated recently that rising sea levels and other effects of climate change will pose major challenges for America’s military, including more and worse natural disasters and the threat that food and water shortages could fuel disputes and instability around the world. Addressing a conference of military leaders as the pentagon released a new report on the issue, Hagel said, “Our military’s readiness could be tested, and our capabilities could be stressed.”
                The new report identifies four things that it says will affect the U.S. military: rising global temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, more extreme weather and rising sea levels.
                Doesn’t our navy go around the world to aid nations and areas that have been hit by natural disasters and consequently food and water shortages? And rising sea levels? Is this really a big problem for our navy? Don’t our boats float?!!
                Rising temperatures will have to be dealt with? What about ISIS in the Middle East? Do they only work in the shade? Is it really a big deal to our special forces if it is 89 degrees instead of 82 degrees?
                Changing precipitation patterns? Really?  “Damn it, how can you expect the marines to do their job when we don’t even know if it is going to rain tomorrow?!” What a disservice to those brave men who’ve gone before.
                This is such a pathetic canard, it is almost beyond one’s ability to describe.
                If there were any challenges to our military because of global warming, they would be glacially- paced in coming. Incremental, and back and forth. Not exactly a “blitzkrieg.”

                And I thought we should be prepared to oppose Russia and China, ISIS and Hezbollah.

                Russia’s modernized nuclear arsenal is growing along with its belligerence. They have already retaken Georgia and Crimea, and are fighting for other parts of the Ukraine. Hello?
                China is modernizing and expanding its own military, and is itself much more bellicose towards both its neighbors and the U.S. than it ever has been.
                We are in the process of essentially allowing Iran to obtain nuclear weapons. Might that change the dynamic in the Middle East a bit?!
                Terrorism is surging around the world. Rarely does a month go by without the appearance of a new terror group. It’s hard to keep track of all the names and acronyms as it is. Hamas, Hezbollah, al Qaida, ISIS or ISIL, etc., etc.  
                                                                                                                                                                                    Yet our defense establishment is worried about political incorrectness, workplace violence, diversity and now... climate change?


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