(From Mad World News) Many would argue that as of late, the largest threat our nation faces is the rise of the Islamic State terrorist group, so it would be reasonable to think that the Pentagon would keep its focus on eliminating that threat. Unfortunately, we don’t exactly have reasonable people running our country, and the announcement that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is set to make proves exactly that.
Hagel’s speech is supposed to be detailing the impact of climate change – yes, climate change – on the U.S. military and the Pentagon’s “comprehensive” plan to fight it, according to The Hill. His address will be to the meeting of defense ministers from across the Americas in Peru, and coincides with the release of a report outlining the Pentagon’s blueprint for slaying the mythical beast.
This isn’t an entirely new scheme from the Pentagon, as for some time officials have said that climate change is one of the single greatest threats to America. (facepalm)
“The effects of the changing climate affect the full range of Department activities, including plans, operations, training, infrastructure, acquisition, and longer-term investments,” Daniel Chiu, deputy assistant secretary of Defense for strategy and force development previously stated, according to The Hill.
Monday’s report indicates a shift in the Pentagon’s policies in combating the widely debunked myth of climate change and will likely further weaken our already struggling military.
“If you take just the one element of climate change, potential threats as sea levels rise, the coasts of countries, islands present obvious security challenges for stability, security, national defense institutions,” Hagel said during a stop in Santiago, Chile over the weekend, according to the Associated Press.
“When there is any natural disaster event that occurs, there always is some element of a security risk; law and order, individuals attempting to take advantage of those catastrophes, adjusting to shifts in security requirements,” the Defense Secretary added.
One specific aspect of climate change that Hagel mentioned was the polar ice caps, which have been increasing in size over the last decade, as posing a geopolitical threat to America as countries race to claim resources.
“We see an Arctic that is melting, meaning that most likely a new sea lane will emerge,” he said. “We know that there are significant minerals and natural deposits of oil and natural gas there. That means that nations will compete for those natural resources. That’s never been an issue before. You couldn’t get up there and get anything out of there. We have to manage through what those conditions and new realities are going to bring in the way of potential threats.”
I fail to realize why the Defense Department is relying on unsettled science to draft its policies. While it is always a good idea to be prepared, listening to the Obama administration speak about climate change would have us believe that come tomorrow the world is going to be on the brink of disaster. And to hear that the Pentagon, of all places, is going to tackle it “head on” makes me realize why our nation, as well as the rest of the world, seems to be crumbling beneath us.
Perhaps instead of worrying about hypothetical situations that are based upon faulty science and doctored computer models, our military would be better served by looking at actual threats to our nation and figuring out ways to stop them. You know, like the growing army of jihadists taking over the Middle East?
What a concept.