One one hand, it is comforting to know President Obama can target the enemy and use American resources to counter it.
On the other hand, it is very disturbing when that enemy is . . . climate change.
Obama is acting upon his delusion that the biggest global security threats involve weather patterns and he’s now calling on American troops to respond.
A recent Government Accountability Office report examined the Defense Department's role in the Arctic, which increasingly will include "monitoring the changing Arctic conditions," such as ice levels.
The administration contends that changing ice levels in the Arctic could require additional U.S. military presence in the region, justifying the need for the Pentagon to commit significant time and resources to monitoring the effects of climate change.
"Difficulty in developing accurate sea ice models, variability in the Arctic's climate, and the uncertain rate of activity in the region create challenges for DOD to balance the risk of having inadequate capabilities or insufficient capacity when required to operate in the region with the cost of making premature or unnecessary investments," reads a portion of the study, which was released Friday. "DOD plans to mitigate this risk by monitoring the changing Arctic conditions to determine the appropriate timing for capability investments."
Other examples of the military embracing Mr. Obama's climate goals include the construction of a massive solar power project at Fort Benning, Georgia, and the Navy's move toward a "green fleet" that is far less reliant on fossil fuels.
Perhaps this attitude is why the Taliban felt emboldened enough to attack the Afghanistan parliament while it was in session to endorse a new defense minister, replete with a huge car bomb? I suspect more “workplace violence” will be breaking out in Afghanistan’s government buildings, too, as Obama’s plans for further troop reductions in that region are implemented.
What exactly will our military find on their Arctic retreat?
The cooling trend has actually been reported in the British press.
Enjoy the summer, if we get one, as Britain faces a new 'mini Ice Age'.
Climate experts are warning the amount of light and warmth released by the sun is nose-diving to levels "not seen for centuries".
But first we need to get through Tropical Storm Bill – which threatens to unleash "tropical" downpours this weekend.
The storm – which battered the US claiming three lives – is set to hit the UK on Thursday with humid air pushing temperatures towards 28°C in places.
The British article attributes a “Maunder Minimum” (covered in a previous post), which is the reduction in the number of sun spots in response to a lessening of solar activity, as the potential cause of the upcoming “Mini Ice Age”.
After a tour of the Arctic, perhaps our military leadership could convince President Obama that the study of solar activity would be better done in the desert . . . and if they happen to kill a few terrorists along the way, it would be an extra bonus.
With this approach, American troops could address a real national security threat as well as the delusional one on which Obama is fixated.