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Mattis: Climate Change a Threat to National Security

I’m glad to see this news emerging during a March snowstorm. I’m just saying . . . 

Does this guy know that he works for someone?

From the Washington Examiner:

In a clash with President Trump’s environmental team, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has declared that climate change is a threat to national security and one military planners must consider in drawing up strategies.

According to a report from ProPublica, Mattis told Democratic senators that climate change is real and “can be a driver of instability.”

His position, at odds with President Trump and his Environmental Protection Agency chief, came in answers to questions from senators following his confirmation hearing.

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24 Responses to Mattis: Climate Change a Threat to National Security

  1. I don’t know about Mattis lately. Well, he can always be relieved.

    And speaking of relieved, “Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has withdrawn retired senior diplomat Anne W. Patterson as his choice for undersecretary for policy after the White House indicated unwillingness to fight what it said would be a battle for Senate confirmation.

    U.S. officials said that two members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), were strongly opposed to Patterson’s nomination because she served as U.S. ambassador to Egypt from 2011 to 2013, a time when the Obama administration supported an elected government with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood that was ultimately overthrown by the Egyptian military.”

    I never understood Mattis’ Patterson pick. I have also heard some conflict between Mattis and Trump over Syria.

  2. Mattis is entitled to his opinion but telling a group of Dem senators was just a stupid move. It was gonna leak out like a waterfall to the media. Puts himself squarely against what the administration’s official opinion is on the subject.

    • Not wrong, but not smart to speak like that, as you said. What he does next will be interesting.

      “President Donald Trump plans to drop climate change as a factor in making government decisions, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. ”

      If Mattis speaks out against this then we have a problem. His job, like everyone who serves at the pleasure of the President, is to publicly back the President.

  3. Maybe Pence means that, you know, we have four seasons causing the climate to change four times a year. Climate change. But if he’s peddling the malarkey of man-made global warming caused by us driving too many cars and now the oceans will rise and we are doomed, then I am beyond disappointed. Will he now begin pushing for windmills in every backyard and solar power panels on every roof in America? I have to take a closer look at this Pence guy.

  4. Well, it IS a threat to national security, its warping the minds of leaders around the world and bound to ‘cloud’ their judgement! That was something he said during confirmation hearing right? He was smart to say it, even though it’s false.

    • “Well, it IS a threat to national security, its warping the minds of leaders around the world and bound to ‘cloud’ their judgement!”

      Congratulations! The comment of the day.

    • Grace, I am interested and it is very good news to me.Thank you.
      Now, the Dutch election today, seems like PM Mark Rutte has won some approval because of his tough stance against Erdogan in the Turkish conflict this weekend.He may gain some votes there from people who can´t quite make up their minds, who do not want conflicts. But I am sure that Rutte wouldn´t have been so tough if Wilders had not been breathing him in the neck.

  5. Maybe Mattis is playing games with the enemy? By letting the adversary think you think like they think you can accomplish more counterterrorism missions. If you work in Washington, you have to play all sorts of mind games. In the end everybody thinks you’re on their side of the current hot topic. Mattis remember shows up at a place with thousands of entrenched bureaucrats most by now are liberal millennials, kids from the lost generation of hippy parents. Mattis is no dummy. His words are measured for maximum impact. In this new age, word really don’t have to be true or fact, just go for impact.

  6. The Man-made global warming is a man-made fact, but climate change is a fact. And it may have an impact on national security. Example: year-round open Arctic Ocean routes for the Russian or Chinese Navy. This would have a significant impact on our northern military defense strategies.

    • Perhaps, but climate change is not new. So why do we suddenly have these ridiculous statements that it is a threat to national security? If he means that weather is a factor when plotting military strategy, that makes sense. His statement is pure foolishness.

  7. Wow, what a disappointment! This is a real game changer. I thought he was a man of courage and sense. Turns out he’s an effeminate little coward following the pseudo-scientists and Gaia worshiping flower children. Just a big pansy after all.

  8. This has been an important driver of US military strategy for decades. Increased instability in the most severely affected countries, new border concerns with Russia due to the opening of northern waterways, reduced access to drinkable water in combat zones, and many more concerns have been documented by the DoD in their Base Structure Reports. These are not fear mongering. They’re the circumstances the military needs to factor into their decision-making.

    Let’s be truly conservative here and follow the military’s guidance that our increasingly volatile weather is a security concern.