The National Security Ramifications of Republican Denialism

Republicans like to think that they are strong on national security but in reality their lack of vision and inability to anticipate future challenges makes them dangerously weak in this area. For years before 9/11 Democrats had been warning about the danger from groups such as al Qaeda but Republicans ignored the threat, and resisted action, because of a belief that a non-state entity could  not pose a threat to the United States. They have similarly been in denial over what could become the next great threat to national security. A report in The New York Times shows that the Pentagon is taking the national security implications of climate change seriously:

The changing global climate will pose profound strategic challenges to the United States in coming decades, raising the prospect of military intervention to deal with the effects of violent storms, drought, mass migration and pandemics, military and intelligence analysts say.

Such climate-induced crises could topple governments, feed terrorist movements or destabilize entire regions, say the analysts, experts at the Pentagon and intelligence agencies who for the first time are taking a serious look at the national security implications of climate change.

Recent war games and intelligence studies conclude that over the next 20 to 30 years, vulnerable regions, particularly sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and South and Southeast Asia, will face the prospect of food shortages, water crises and catastrophic flooding driven by climate change that could demand an American humanitarian relief or military response.

There has been a change in taking climate change seriously in the past year. This presumably was influenced by the strength of the opinions expressed by the scientific community and the development of the scientific consensus on climate change, as well as a National Intelligence Council report on the topic:

Ms. Dory, who has held senior Pentagon posts since the Clinton administration, said she had seen a “sea change” in the military’s thinking about climate change in the past year. “These issues now have to be included and wrestled with” in drafting national security strategy, she said.

The National Intelligence Council, which produces government-wide intelligence analyses, finished the first assessment of the national security implications of climate change just last year.

It concluded that climate change by itself would have significant geopolitical impacts around the world and would contribute to a host of problems, including poverty, environmental degradation and the weakening of national governments.

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    Fritz says:

    Why is this “Republican delialism” rather than “Chinese and Indian denialism”?  Since those two countries have strongly stated that they will not impose restrictions and would view carbon tariffs as hostile acts, all the cap-and-trade legislation will do is move the rest of our manufacturing overseas (like to China and India) and ramp up the cost of living in the US.  We won’t have to worry about humanitarian missions to Africa or wherever because we won’t have the resources to do so.  They can be on their own.

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