It is a fiction that the right wing, and the Republican party, and their primary philosophical guru (Rush Limbaugh) and mouthpiece (FOX News) are more American, more security-savvy, and more patriotic than Liberals, Progressives, and Democrats. This fiction is part of a common bully tactic you already know about because you were either bothered by the bullies, or you were a bully, in middle school. The bully takes his nefarious trait and projects it on his victim. And now, we see yet another piece of evidence for this, one among many. FOX News has attacked President Obama for his acknowledgement of what the United States Military has been saying for some time now: Climate change is a national security issue.
President Obama made mention of this problem yesterday in his Commencement Address at the National Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. Then, according to the watchdog organization Media Matters for America, "Fox personalities criticized President Obama for calling climate change 'an immediate risk to our national security' during his U.S. Coast Guard Academy commencement address. But security experts agree with the president that global climate change does threaten U.S. national security."
FOX's Lou Dobbs in what was labeled as a "news alert" but amounts to little more than editorial Koch sucking-up-to:
FOX's Charles Krauthammer substituted scare mongering over North Korea for addressing the existential issue of our time, climate change:
FOX's Eric Bolling dismisses global climate change as a threat, despite what the military says. Another commenter asks if Bill Nye and President Obama are the same person. Bolling misses the point that ISIS as a phenomenon arose largely because of climate change:
And it goes on. What does the Department of Defense say? From Media Matters:
"Climate Change Will Affect The DOD's Ability To Defend The Nation And Poses Immediate Risks To U.S. National Security." The Department of Defense's 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap warned that "a warming climate 'poses immediate risks to U.S. national security' and could trigger anything from 'infectious disease to terrorism.'" As Mic noted, this was not the first time those in the military community have sounded the alarm on climate change:
A May report by 11 retired commanders cautioned that installations in Virginia could experience up to 7 feet of sea rise by the end of the century. The Pacific Institute's Peter Gleick argued earlier in 2014 that "water and climatic conditions have played a direct role in the deterioration of Syria's economic conditions," helping aggravate the country's political divisions and spawn the ongoing civil war that now involves U.S. bombing runs. And Retired Navy Rear Adm. David Titley argued that climate change will be "one of the driving forces in the 21st century" and says that inaction could result in massive and lethal extreme weather events that do damage on the level of major wars.
"Water shortages in the Middle East could benefit terrorist organizations, who can exploit hunger and unrest to tighten their grip on locals," McDonnell wrote. "Increased shipping traffic in the melting Arctic could spark political tension between polar nations. Increasing prevalence and severity of natural disasters worldwide will become a more significant burden for military-led relief efforts."
Retired Army Brig. Gen. Chris King told Responding to Climate Change that the threat posed by a rapidly changing planet "is like getting embroiled in a war that lasts 100 years" with "no exit strategy." He pointed to poor countries like Afghanistan, Haiti, Chad and Somalia as likely participants in climate-triggered conflict. [source]
FOX and the right wing: Bad for America.
The Republican Party's "news" network was 7% accurate in reporting climate change in year 2013; 23% accurate in year 2014. I hope this is a trend.
Wrong is yack radio's default setting.
You mean, "Not even wrong."
The Murdoch media empire knows no boundaries. The owners of this world have their own agendas.
Limbaugh is just a nihilistic little prat.
The Republican party is a headless, one-celled organism that goes where its masters poke it, eats anything and defecates everywhere.
Rush should get out more- he spends too much time talking to Roy Spencer and not enough grilling the Oceanographer of the Navy.
The President didn't just "mention" climate change. He said, "And this brings me to the challenge I want to focus on today -- one where our Coast Guardsmen are already on the front lines, and that, perhaps more than any other, will shape your entire careers -- and that’s the urgent need to combat and adapt to climate change."
And he's partly right, the Coast Guard is getting an additional 'mega' ice breaker for the Great Lakes.
Actually Greg , our primary philosophical gurus were Robert Nozick and W.V. Quine , who have proved hard acts to follow.
If the GOP seems a tad decerebrate these days, blame it on the neocons.
@ ^ Russell Seitz : I blame it on the Tea Party and the fools who think they can follow along with them, garner their votes and bigoted power and come out unscathed and unstained myself.
Oh, this process of senescence predates the tea baggers. Its roots are deep (note the terminology used by our troops in the ongoing Middle East Wars relating to "indian country"). But the current phase of sped-up devolution began with the petulant and systematic "taking back" of the country after the Viet Nam debacle.
Russel is right in that the neocons (including free market fundamentalists, ditto-heads, and a whole zoo of spittle flecked John Birch types etc.) had a major role in barfing up tea bags.