October 12, 2009
Climate Myths and National Security
The President of the United States recently told the United Nations that “global warming” poses a threat to national security and may engender conflicts as populations are displaced by rising sea levels, droughts, floods, storms etc. etc. etc. However, it is now clear that there is no basis for the notion that the barely-detectable human influence on the climate is likely to prove a threat to climate, still less to national security.
The first principle to which any national security advisor must adhere is that of objective truth. Though he must have an understanding of politics, he is not a politician: he is a truth-bearer. Therefore, he begins by narrowing down the issue to a single, central question whose answer determines whether the suggested threat is real. He then tries to find the truthful answer to that question, and draws his conclusion from that. [Emphasis added.]
Phi Beta Iota: When the Director of National Intelligence declared that the economic meltdown (completely of our own doing betweeen Congressional corruption and Wall Street greed) was the greatest threat to national security, he set the stage for an equally insane proposition from the President, declaring that climate change is a threat to national security. We know these people are smart. Therefore, we can only conclude that they lack integrity or access to experts with real knowledge. Either of those is a betrayal of the public trust and an impeachable offense.