On pretty much any subject, Bill O’Reilly can be counted on to spout opinions that are based entirely on ignorance, but always with an almost supernatural self-confidence that is never warranted. And if it can be made to make Obama look bad, all’s the better. To wit:
Speaking in Connecticut yesterday, Obama said that climate change is a serious threat to global security.
“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,” Obama said.
O’Reilly said that the president believes that events such as the drought in Nigeria “create instability” and makes it easier for groups like Boko Haram to gain support.
“If folks don’t have enough water or food they become disenchanted and may turn to harmful groups that promise change,” O’Reilly stated. “That’s what Mr. Obama believes.”
Mr. Obama is right. And you’re full of shit.
O’Reilly stated that all presidents should deal with problems in the here and now.
“I mean it’s fine to want a cleaner planet. I do. And it’s good to explore ways to eliminate harmful emissions. Every sane person supports that,” he said. “But to tell a group of military graduates that climate change is a defense priority borders on delusion.”
O’Reilly stated that most Americans understand that Obama has an “aversion to using U.S. power to right wrongs in the world.”
“Yes, he gave the order to get Bin Laden and he uses drones to kill terror leaders. I give him credit for that,” O’Reilly said. “But the Middle East is aflame, yet there’s the president is urging the Coast Guard and other military branches to contemplate climate change.”
Right. Because obviously the entire country can only think about an act on one thing at a time. And the military should never, ever think about future threats that must be prepared for. Because that would really protect the country, wouldn’t it?
And Obama is absolutely right about this. The Pentagon has acknowledged this for years, since before Obama took office, and the Coast Guard will especially need to adapt to the changing climate. Rising sea levels may make many coastal bases for the Navy and the Coast Guard unusable in the next few decades. Shifting food patterns will cause mass starvation and refugee crises that will destabilize countries and entire regions. The military knows this and is rightly preparing for new realities that will require adaptation, shifts in resources and a lot of advanced planning. Ignorant know-nothings like O’Reilly are baffled by that, but this is a man who is baffled by the tides so that should hardly be a shock.