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March 13, 2013 - 8:21 am

Sigh.

America’s top military officer in charge of monitoring hostile actions by North Korea, escalating tensions between China and Japan, and a spike in computer attacks traced to China provides an unexpected answer when asked what is the biggest long-term security threat in the Pacific region: climate change.

Navy Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III, in an interview at a Cambridge hotel Friday after he met with scholars at Harvard and Tufts universities, said significant upheaval related to the warming planet “is probably the most likely thing that is going to happen . . . that will cripple the security environment, probably more likely than the other scenarios we all often talk about.’’

“People are surprised sometimes,” he added, describing the reaction to his assessment. “You have the real potential here in the not-too-distant future of nations displaced by rising sea level. Certainly weather patterns are more severe than they have been in the past. We are on super typhoon 27 or 28 this year in the Western Pacific. The average is about 17.”

The admiral commands an area that stretches from California across the entire Pacific to India. He’s not a scientist.

“The ice is melting and sea is getting higher,” Locklear said, noting that 80 percent of the world’s population lives within 200 miles of the coast. “I’m into the consequence management side of it. I’m not a scientist, but the island of Tarawa in Kiribati, they’re contemplating moving their entire population to another country because [it] is not going to exist anymore.”

As noted, the admiral isn’t a scientist. His strategic thinking is the consequence of junk science, though.

Officers at the level Locklear has reached tend to be political creatures, that’s how they get commands. Locklear’s thinking therefore reflects the Obama administration’s thinking.

h/t Weasel Zippers

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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The Admiral is the sort of political individual who will rise up in the military at times of relative stability. Ignore sitting safely off a coast and shooting at stationary targets or launching planes and missles; a US Navy ship has not taken fire from a vessel of another nation in anger since 1975.

Yes, there was the terrorist attack on the Cole in 2000, we had some tense hide and seek with Ivan until 1989, the Strait of Hormuz hasn't been hosting a yacht regatta, and even some pirates have fired bullets at Navy vessels (although I'm not sure they even scratched the paint.)

We've had 2 generations of sailors who have never been in the position that the next round of enemy fire may take away the deck they are standing on.

Admiral Locklear needs to be preparing his officers and men for the times when he is going to send them to kill a formidable enemy, or die trying. Everything else is commentary.
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FOIA has released the password to the "Climategate3" emails! See climate scientists disagreeing with Mikey Mann! See FOIA's justification for whistleblowing the lid off of "the consensus"!

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/03/13/climategate-3-0-has-occurred-the-password-has-been-released/#more-82057
1 year ago
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What has already occurred and what is occurring in our armed forces, regarding women in combat roles, this absolute bushwah, and buddying-up to those that want us dead is probably "...our biggest threat...", but since he was speaking to the "Nomenklatura of Academe", well, it's O K then....
Sounds like someone got his marching/sailing ? orders , and is just 'doing his duty'.....
Blaming typhoons on climate change, while not addressing any and every other possible causation is a form of duty dereliction, is it not?
While we're at it, let's blame idiodacy on worrying about very little and use this guy as proof.
1 year ago
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Attack the water - launch all missiles.
1 year ago
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Insanity. We've finally done it. The old saw about South Carolina as a nation or a lunatic asylum has been transcended. Now it's the entire flipping US.
1 year ago
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Sad.
Soviet Union style sad.



1 year ago
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Sounds like he needs to resign.
1 year ago
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And here I was thinking the question of who owns what islands in the South China Sea might be a more important issue.
1 year ago
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On the bright side we can now tap unlimited clean energy. We simply have to harness the power generated by Nimitz and Halsey spinning in their graves.
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