Obama to Coast Guard Grads: Focus on Climate Change

Barack Obama, Christian Robert von Stralendorff

Sending the newest class of Coast Guard officers out into the world yesterday, dangerous as it is, President Obama decided that the most pressing issue they needed to hear about from their commander in chief was the threat of climate change. There were plenty of objectionable elements to the remarks. The implication that an anticipated rise in sea levels is more of a concern to the uniformed services than terrorism certainly grated, as did Obama’s anti-democratic insistence that the issue “cannot be subject to the usual politics and the usual rhetoric,” presumably because things have reached such a crisis that we all must just do what he says. The notion that climate change poses risks of “instability” and “conflict,” not to say the possibility of “climate refugees,” sounded just delusional, considering how much instability and conflict, and how many refugees, are out there right now because of the the various crises caused by American withdrawal from the world.

NORAD Plans Training Exercise Over DC

A Canadian F-18 participates in a NORAD simulation / AP

The Continental United States NORAD region and the North American Aerospace Defense Command will conduct exercise Falcon Virgo 15-08 starting at midnight Wednesday into early Thursday morning over the skies of Washington, D.C.