The leftist USA Today reports on Obama’s tough response to terrorist attacks in New York, New Jersey and Minnesota.
A high-level presidential directive signed Wednesday puts climate change at the center of decision-making on national security, requiring agencies to consider current and future climate trends in all “relevant national security doctrine, policies, and plans.”
President Obama has long argued that climate change is a national security issue, and the White House trumpeted the memorandum as an “historic step to address the national security implications of climate change.”
But the policy changes are mostly evolutionary, following no fewer than three executive orders directing federal agencies to take climate change into consideration when adopting policies.
The eight-page presidential memorandum carries the same force of law within the federal government as an executive order, and its policies will carry over into the next administration unless explicitly rescinded by the next president. In fact, the first agency implementation reports required under Obama’s order aren’t due until February — the month after Obama leaves office. It also sets up a panel, headed by the president’s national security adviser and chief science adviser, to catalog data on climate change and its effects — and giving intelligence agencies more of a role in analyzing climate data.
We have real problems with real Islamic terrorists, and the President is concerned with global warming. I guess Obama’s top campaign donors didn’t get enough taxpayer money from “stimulus” grants to their (now bankrupt) green energy companies (e.g. – Solyndra) the first time around. I can tell you this: when I go to a shopping mall or walk around downtown, it’s not the global warming monster that I am afraid of: it’s the radical Islamic terrorists. Why doesn’t our government understand this?
Other countries DO understand this, though.
When the UK sees terrorist attacks, they do their job – protect the public from terrorist attacks.
The UK Telegraph reports:
Britain’s top spy has warned that terrorist groups like so-called Islamic State pose a “persistent threat” that is set to last a “professional lifetime”.
It comes as intelligence agencies are set to recruit more spies, with MI6 said to be getting another 1,000 staff over the next five years.
In a rare public appearance, Alex Younger, the head of MI6, insisted Britain had made significant improvements in the way it tackles terrorism but admitted there was little sign of the “enduring” danger disappearing soon.
[…]Asked if the terror threat from groups like IS and al Qaida had reached its apex, Mr Younger said: “I would like to be optimistic about this but we have got quite long experience of this phenomena now and I see it very much as the flip side to some very deep-seated global trends, not least of all globalisation, the reduction of barriers between us.
“It’s a function also of the information revolution and the capacity for ideas to travel. It is fuelled by a deepening sectarian divide in the Middle East and there are some deep social economic and demographic drivers to the phenomenon that we know as terrorism.
“Allied with the emergence of state failure this means that, regrettably, this is an enduring issue which will certainly be with us, I believe, for our professional lifetime.”
Last year’s Strategic Defence and Security Review said £2.5bn was being invested in security and intelligence agencies with an additional 1,900 staff to ensure they have “the resources and information they need to prevent and disrupt plots against this country at every stage”.
I wouldn’t have a problem paying taxes to a government that actually believed that it was important to not let terrorists kill me. But clearly my taxes are being wasted by this administration. They have been so clouded by fanciful faith-based ideology that they are incapable of doing their jobs.