The United States faces many national security challenges. In no particular order, these include:
- The unchecked rise of Islamic terrorism;
- The failure of the US-sponsored governments in Iraq and Afghanistan;
- Rise of the Islamic State;
- Rise of Iran, encouraged and funded by a self-destructive American foreign policy establishment;
- The fraying of NATO, illustrated by Turkey’s collapse into Islamist dictatorship and the EU’s pursuit of an independent (but oppositional to the US) military strategy;
- Failure of diplomacy to unite us with the Russians against the common enemy in Islam;
- …leading to, the necessity to marshal resources to counter Russian adventurism;
- Chinese seizure of the sovereign territory of US allies in the Pacific, including the Philippines (the one bright spot is the potential for US alliance with Vietnam, of all places);
- Chinese and Russian espionage and the complete failure of American leadership to take it seriously;
- Damage to US-Israeli relations from an ill-advised clandestine regime change attempt in Israel;
- The hollowing out of the military by 15 years of COIN war and numerous botched and cancelled procurement programs.
- Degrading of military readiness by pursuit of social engineering at the expense of combat effectiveness.
We could go on, and on, and on, but this list already goes to elebben — and beyond.
You may want to put them in a different order, but the live question today is, which of these crises has the United States national command authority made a priority for Defense?
Ah. It was a trick question. The answer? None of the above. The White House:
Today, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum on Climate Change and National Security, establishing a policy that the impacts of climate change must be considered in the development of national security-related doctrine, policies, and plans.
To achieve this, 20 federal agencies and offices with climate science, intelligence analysis, and national security policy development missions and responsibilities will collaborate to ensure the best information on climate impacts is available to strengthen our national security.
There are several advantages that accrue to them by doing this.
- It diverts attention from all the problems above;
- It’s great for virtue signaling, and the big one,
- It allows them to loot the defense budget even further for non-defense purposes.
There’s a dirty little secret in the “fact” that the United States outspends everybody else on “defense”: a lot of stuff completely unrelated to defense is packed into the budget: handouts for Senator Manchin’s daughter’s company, money for Social Justice Entrepreneurs in the Beltway, fat padding of contracts for union bosses. Ever wonder why a government building takes longer to go up, and costs more, than a Wal-Mart, a factory, or an office block of the same size? Government procurement is packed with a century of embedded handouts.
And now, the Defense tit is offered to the Global Warming industry to suckle.
Meanwhile: sharpen your bayonets, boys, the ammo budget’s being cut again.
Obama is poised to veto legislation exposing Saudi Arabia to court action over the 9/11 attacks, stepping in to defend legal precedent and an awkward ally, but inviting election-time opprobrium.
White House officials say Obama will reject the “Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act” by a Friday veto deadline, after a little over a week of deliberation.
Obama’s aides tried and failed to have the legislation substantially revised….
Why, indeed. 100% of the US Citizens in Congress supported it. (Yes, its passage was unanimous. When was the last time that happened?) It is opposed only by the Saudis, the State Department, and the President.
Could it be a question of priorities?