John McCain recently criticized President Obama for saying that climate change posed a serious risk to national security, during a commencement address at the U.S Naval Academy. McCain told CBS that we need to worry more about ISIS than things like climate change. McCain stated:
“We need to have a strategy. There is no strategy. And anybody that says that there is, I would like to hear what it is, because it certainly isn’t apparent now, and right now we are seeing these horrible — reports are now in Palmyra they`re executing people and leaving their bodies in the streets.”
McCain continued, saying:
“Meanwhile, the president of the United States is saying that the biggest enemy we have is climate change.”
President Obama did not actually say that though. During the speech, Obama said:
“I’m here today to say that climate change constitutes a serious threat to global security. An immediate risk to our national security. And make no mistake, it will impact how our military defends our country. And so we need to act, and we need to act now.”
Which is of course, a completely legitimate thing to say to a graduating class entering into the Navy. This is especially true when you consider that the notion is backed by every legitimate authority on the matter – including the U.S Department of Defense. You would think that McCain, a politician who has banked almost his entire political career on his military experience in the Navy, would know that.
McCain spent the entire time explaining why he feels that the United States needs to send in ground forces in Iraq and Syria to combat the growth of ISIS, who has now taken the Syrian city of Palmyra. He complained that there is a tactical loss for not having U.S troops on the ground fighting ISIS. He also complained at length about what he views as a lack of strategy in the region. He then meanders into how this is going to play out in Iran’s favor.
The comment put forth by McCain towards the President’s remarks are nothing but a pathetic attempt to undermine the severe threat climate change poses. Of course, a war monger like McCain only has one solution to any problem — send in the troops.
You can watch the interview with McCain, below, in full.
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