Bernie Sanders Upset Military No Longer Focused on Climate Change
Putting the left’s agenda ahead of national security.
Bernie Sanders is proving once again why he should never be commander in chief. A recent official communication from his office claimed that climate change is a threat to military readiness.
Elizabeth Harrington of the Washington Free Beacon reports:
Bernie Sanders Hits Trump as Commander In Chief Over Climate Change
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) is hitting President Donald Trump for not directing the Pentagon to make climate change its number one priority.
In a press release Wednesday, Sanders, who took his honeymoon in the Soviet Union, said climate change is the biggest threat to military readiness.
“With President Trump as commander in chief, the Department of Defense, which previously called climate change a national security threat, now questions the science linking increasingly common extreme weather events to climate change,” Sanders said. “This is unacceptable and could severely jeopardize our military readiness.”
Harrington notes that Bernie didn’t address real threats to combat readiness:
Earlier this year Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said he was “shocked” by the poor state of the U.S. military’s readiness for combat due to sequestration budget cuts when he returned to the Pentagon. The $700 billion military budget signed by Trump on Tuesday specifically increased spending for more “troops, jet fighters, ships, and other weapons needed to halt an erosion of the military’s combat readiness.”
Here’s more on what James Mattis said on the matter.
Sandra Erwin wrote at The National Interest:
Mattis is “Shocked” by U.S. Military Readiness Crisis
Like frustrated constituents at a town hall meeting, Pentagon officials Monday night expressed deep disappointment at Congress, for failing to do its job.
The men and women of the U.S. military give it all for their country, but can’t count on their government to provide stable funding, lamented Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in testimony to the House Armed Services Committee (HASC).
In his toughest language to date, Mattis — along with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joe Dunford and Pentagon Comptroller David Norquist — called on Congress to pass a budget for fiscal year 2018, on time.
“I need bipartisan support for this budget,” Mattis said of President Trump’s $639 billion funding request for the Defense Department. That includes $574 billion for the Pentagon “base budget” and nearly $65 billion for overseas operations.
Mattis repeated what other defense officials during President Obama’s years have said over and over, the military’s combat readiness is eroding, weapon modernization plans are at risk, and still, the inaction continues.
Trump is working hard to fix this problem. It’s a matter of national security.
Frederico Bartels writes at the Daily Signal:
Rebuilding the Military Comes With a Price Tag. But the Price of Waiting Is Higher.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that it will cost an additional $295 billion over the next four years to execute President Donald Trump’s plans to rebuild the military.
Its calculation was done by comparing the current Budget Control Act defense caps with the Trump budget outline. Those budget caps, established in 2011, limit how much Congress may appropriate for defense and nondefense discretionary spending through 2021, regardless of need or strategy…
The administration is currently working to craft both its national security strategy and its national defense strategy. These documents will likely be released in the near future and will, undoubtedly, have budgetary implications in the next four years.
Since 2015, The Heritage Foundation’s Index of U.S. Military Strength has documented the current state of our military. When looking over all recent editions of the index, deteriorating readiness is the main theme that emerges. Every service has experienced deteriorated readiness.
By tying climate change to military readiness, Bernie is not only being ridiculous. He is putting the left’s agenda ahead of national security. Thank your lucky stars this man was not elected president.
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Bernie the Bolshevik is a perfect contratian indicator — if’s he’s for it, it’s not good for America.
Bolshevik Bernie is ALWAYS upset about something.
Bernie has the comfort of knowing his policies will never see the light of day and be tested in the real world. So of course he is shocked the military isn’t concentrating on Mann Made Global Warming ™.
I thought that man made continental drift was the real danger. If we drift west isn’t there a chance that Oklahoma will become California? On the plus side, New Mexico cooking might come to west Texas and Fort Hood would become a paradise like Louisiana. We need a study!
Easy to preach socialism if you don’t actually have to live under it, eh? Bernie’s got a pretty good gig going lecturing from atop his piles of money. No reason that can’t continue if his wife can beat the bank fraud rap.
Made Up Global Warming ™
Under Obama, the Navy had been pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into a green biofuels program, which after all that money meant that they are about to secure a source of oil that only cost $424 per gallon. (the algae based source) Fortunately the Congress has shut down the ability of the Navy to pay any more than conventional prices for their fuel, so most of that effort has fallen by the wayside.
Now maybe the Navy can focus on how to keep their ships from running into other ships?
If the ships aren’t running, they aren’t running into things.
It might be interesting to see just who owned the companies that were developing the algae fuel, just to see whose names pop up. (Terry McAuliffe??)
I guess nobody told Bernie that the military’s job is to kill people and break things at the direction of the President. (Someone would HAVE to tell him, as he’d never last a week in boot camp.)
Hell, Bernie couldn’t even make it in a commune.
Pretty bad when lazy, smelly hippies have to kick you out for being too lazy.
And probably pretty smelly too, since he thinks there are far to many deodorant choices
Commie Bernie 2020. Please. Pretty please? Then, we can rehash his 1972 essay on ‘women fantasize about gang raped, plus his other pronouncements concerning human sexuality.’
I guess Bernie will have to resign sometime…
He can be relied upon to focus on the irrelevant.
If that were true, as president he would do little harm. Unfortunately, that’s probably not the case.
I am certain that this great luminary mensch of our times knows as much about global warming/climate change as he does economics.
He knows that it is an effective tool to increase the power and span of control for the central government. That’s all that counts to him.
I am certain if the Dems had nominated him he may very well have won
What a freaking disaster we avoided
This is just Bernie playing to his moonbat base. Nothing of substance see here. Move along.
About that picture at the top of the story: Don’t use pictures like this one that demonstrate The Bern is sane.
Good old Bernie , if he had gotten himself elected president, would have accelerated the gutting of the Navy. And of the Air Force. And of the Army.
And his buddy Barry Soetoro would have given him high praise.
And the press corps would have gone even more gaga, if that is possible.
The prophecy of Anthropogenic Global Warming?
Perhaps social or political climate change.
Our schools. It’s all about our schools.
Not long ago, Sanders would be pelted with eggs then laughed off the stage long after obama was.
Now, the Indoctrinated Generations (two of them) take the likes of this fool and First Fool Obama seriously.
Is Senator Lightweight the second American Indian senator in office after Fauxcahontas?