Sunday, May 19, 2024

The U.S. Military Has a New Enemy: The Weather

The late, great Rush Limbaugh frequently told his listeners that “the purpose of the military is to kill people and break things.”

But the current leadership at the Department of Defense (DOD), under President Joe Biden, have either lost sight of that fact or abandoned that belief entirely.

Take, for instance, a press release that the DOD distributed via email late last week. The press release focused not on foreign adversaries or combat strategies but instead on, of all things, climate change. DOD officials blamed climate change for creating Hurricane Ian. 

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Marketing themselves as climate warriors is not a good look for the U.S. military. Not when the U.S. Army can’t even meet its recruitment numbers.

The DOD statement focused primarily on a tabletop exercise, dubbed “Precipitous Storm.” DOD officials designed the exercise to examine “increasingly violent storms and natural disasters” as well as how climate change will impact the Western Hemisphere. Members of the U.S. Northern and Southern commands and various unnamed interagency partners participated.

But it’s not just the military exercises to combat well….the weather…that should trouble Americans. It’s also the pork barrel spending of taxpayers’ hard-earned money. 

In June, the DOD asserted that they needed taxpayer money to pay for the following:

• $20 million in contingency preparedness that includes incorporating climate risk scenarios in war games and exercises, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and defense support to civil authorities’ activities. 

• $550 million for the Energy Resilience and Conservation Improvement Program. 

• More than $800 million in science and technology investments that includes hybrid tactical vehicles.

As RVIVR reported this month, Mike Pompeo has launched a campaign and website to fight the introduction of woke policies into the military. A recent Gallup poll revealed that in the span of one year, Americans’ overall confidence in the military dipped from 69 percent to 64 percent.

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According to The Wall Street Journal, military leaders blame its recruiting slump on teen obesity rates and the tight labor market. The Desert News, however, said many potential recruits feel the military is too woke.

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