U.S. military vs. climate change

President Obama delivered the keynote address at the Coast Guard Academy’s commencement this past Wednesday, and informed the new young officers that climate change is one of the biggest threats we face.

Climate change is one of those most severe threats. This is not just a problem for countries on the coasts or for certain regions of the world. Climate change will impact every country on the planet. No nation is immune. So I am here today to say that climate change constitutes a serious threat to global security, an immediate risk to our national security. And make no mistake, it will impact how our military defends our country. So we need to act and we need to act now.

The commander-in-chief also went so far as to blame recent actions of militant Islam partly on climate change.

“Understand, climate change did not cause the conflicts we see around the world, yet what we also know is that severe drought helped to create the instability in Nigeria that was exploited by the terrorist group Boko Haram,” he said.

He also claimed that climate change was partially responsible for the brutal civil war in Syria.

So just as the attack on our embassy in Benghazi three years ago was the fault of some obscure YouTube video hardly anyone saw, the actions of Boko Haram and Isis are partly the fault of climate change. If that were really the case, how come we haven’t all resorted to violence? I mean, we’re all living on the same planet, and if climate change is real, then it’s real for everyone, right? So how come we all aren’t causing strife and engaged in civil war?

I often wonder if leftists really believe the tripe they trot out. It’s one thing to simply believe that human activity is altering the climate. That itself is a hoax. But to blame the actions of terrorists on that hoax while altogether whitewashing their ideology is even more egregious. Leftists and despots will be what they are. They cannot and will not tell the truth, so there must always be a scapegoat (usually capitalism) for the world’s evils.

What I resent is that the occupant of the highest office in the land so brazenly lies to the American people. Climate change has nothing to do with militant Islam. Unemployment and lack of health care have nothing to do with the actions of militant Islam. Militant Islam is what it is because of its ideology. Therefore, terrorists cannot be reasoned with, negotiated with, or argued with. They simply must be defeated by the same means they use to defeat others: force. Climate change is partly to blame for terrorism? Indeed, terrorists must be laughing their heads off.

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