As a student of history, I have long been fascinated with the World Wars. The all-out commitment to victory was astounding in both wars and such an effort seems almost unfathomable today.
Think back: do you remember the heroic pictures of the flag-raising atop Iwo Jima? The harrowing photos of trench life in the First war? The storming of Normandy?
Do you recall seeing soldiers picking-up their spent ammo casings as they fired their weapons? Do you remember Eisenhower stressing to soldiers to sort their recyclables? The prohibitions on lead ammunition?
No? That’s because no commander has ever been ridiculous enough to insist that soldiers should preoccupy their minds with environmental concerns when there is a war to be won.
According to a directive from the Pentagon, military commanders are now ordered to incorporate “climate change” considerations into everything they do.
The directive demands that U.S. Armed Forces must show “resilience” focus on the “threat” of “climate change” based on “actionable science.”
The Washington Times reports on the new direction for the military:
It says the military will not be able to maintain effectiveness unless the directive is followed. It orders the establishment of a new layer of bureaucracy — a wide array of “climate change boards, councils and working groups” to infuse climate change into “programs, plans and policies.”
The Pentagon defines resilience to climate change as: “Ability to anticipate, prepare for, and adapt to changing conditions and withstand, respond to, and recover rapidly from disruptions.”
To four-star generals and admirals, among them the regional combatant commanders who plan and fight the nation’s wars, the directive tells them: “Incorporate climate change impacts into plans and operations and integrate DoD guidance and analysis in Combatant Command planning to address climate change-related risks and opportunities across the full range of military operations, including steady-state campaign planning and operations and contingency planning.”…
Dakota Wood, a retired Marine Corps officer and U.S. Central Command planner, said the Pentagon is introducing climate change, right down to military tactics level.
“By equating tactical actions of immediate or short-term utility with large-scale, strategic-level issues of profound importance, the issue of climate change and its potential impact on national security interests is undermined,” he said. “People tend to dismiss the whole, what might be truly important, because of all the little silly distractions that are included along the way.”
He said climate change is typically measured in long stretches of time.
“The climate does change over great periods of time, typically measured in millennia, though sometimes in centuries,” he said. “But the document mentions accounting for such down to the level of changes in ‘tactics, techniques and procedures’ as if reviewing how a squad conducts a patrol should be accorded the same level of importance and attention as determining whether the naval base at Norfolk, Virginia, might have to be relocated as sea levels rise over the next 100 years.”
The order is loaded with demands to burden officers with the task of analyzing their every move in order to comply with the left’s radical notion that climate change, not radical Islam, serves as the greatest threat to Americans.
“The DoD must be able to adapt current and future operations to address the impacts of climate change in order to maintain an effective and efficient U.S. military,” it adds. “Mission planning and execution must include anticipating and managing any risks that develop as a result of climate change to build resilience.”
Climate change must be integrated in:
- Weapons buying and testing “across the life cycle of weapons systems, platforms and equipment.”
- Training ranges and capabilities.
- Defense intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance.
- Defense education and training.
- Combatant commander joint training with allies to “assess the risks to U.S. security interests posed by climate change.”
- Joint Chiefs of Staff collaboration “with allies and partners to optimize joint exercises and war games including factors contributing to geopolitical and socioeconomic instability.”
The left loves to advance the radical agenda of the “settled science” of climate change, global warming, global cooling or any other term for “weather” the left comes up with- even at the expense of more-important institutions that are vital to the stability of our country (like the military).
The military used to be run as a fighting force; now it is merely an armed wing of the Obama Administration that is used to advance a leftist agenda and serve as the testing grounds for obscene social experiments.
Meanwhile, ISIS grows stronger while the U.S. military is bogged-down with discussions about transgender soldiers and climate change.