‘Dire threat’: U.S. soldiers battle scorching new enemy

By Leo Hohmann

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter

With the stroke of a pen, Ashton Carter turned the focus of the U.S. Department of Defense in a new direction.

Instead of making ISIS and Islamic terrorism the first priority, the new focus will be on global warming and climate change.

Carter, a member of the secretive Trilateral Commission, is a leading technocrat in the globalist fold, says Patrick Wood, author of “Technocracy Rising: The Trojan Horse of Global Transformation.”

Carter became defense secretary in February and didn’t wait long to make his influence felt.

As Wood points out in an article for Technocracy News and Trends, the secretary put out a press release on July 29 that announced the policy shift. It received almost no attention at the time, but as the world leaders inch closer to the Climate Change Summit in Paris Nov. 30, the emphasis on climate change appears more than mere boiler plate bureaucratic gobbledygook.

The news release states that global climate change will “aggravate problems such as poverty, social tensions, environmental degradation, ineffectual leadership and weak political institutions that threaten stability in a number of countries, according to a report the Defense Department sent to Congress yesterday.”

President Obama had already telegraphed that this was the direction the U.S. was heading in with its military. In a May 20 commencement speech to the U.S. Coast Guard, Obama said climate change was the most dire threat to the national security of the United States.

“I am 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,” the president told graduates of the Coast Guard Academy.

Bernie Sanders, the socialist candidate for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, repeated the claim recently, as reported by the Hill on Oct. 13.

The United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees, Antonio Gutteres, has also started to emphasize that climate change is the reason for the world’s refugee crisis. He was in Washington last week and made “climate refugees” the focus of a speech to American refugee resettlement organizations, according to those in attendance.

“Guterres last week in D.C. pounded on this, about giving this status (climate refugees) to the migrants and this is why they all are entitled to a comfortable life in the West,” the source told WND. “It’s a big push that is coming. It’s all again about the redistribution of the wealth.”

Secretary of State John Kerry stated last month that climate change was a key “contributing factor” of the Syrian civil war, which has displaced more than 4 million Syrians. More than a million refugees, about half from Syria, have flooded into Europe this year following an open invitation from Chancellor Angela Merkel. Germany is now facing upheaval, split down the middle with protests breaking out for and against the migrants.

These so-called “climate refugees” do not fit the traditional definition of a refugee as defined by the 1951 Convention on Refugees, which outlines religious, ethnic and political persecution as the main reason people are forced to permanently flee across borders.

The Defense Department report on “climate associated risks” found that climate change is a security risk, Pentagon officials said in the July 29 press release, “because it degrades living conditions, human security and the ability of governments to meet the basic needs of their populations.”

It continues:

“Communities and states that already are fragile and have limited resources are significantly more vulnerable to disruption and far less likely to respond effectively and be resilient to new challenges …

“The Department of Defense’s primary responsibility is to protect national security interests around the world. … This involves considering all aspects of the global security environment and planning appropriately for potential contingencies and the possibility of unexpected developments both in the near and the longer terms.

“It is in this context,” they continued, “that the department must consider the effects of climate change – such as sea level rise, shifting climate zones and more frequent and intense severe weather events – and how these effects could impact national security.”

Integrating climate-related impacts into planning

The Defense Department report to Congress said it is already observing the impacts of climate change in shocks and stressors to vulnerable nations and communities, including in the United States, the Arctic, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and South America, officials said.

The news release said that Carter is “integrating climate-related impacts into their planning cycles,” Wood said.

In contrast and according to the Department’s own website, “The mission of the Department of Defense is to provide the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of our country.”

Ashton Carter: The perfect technocrat?

“Is this a significant shift?” asks Wood. “You bet it is, and it is at the instance of a top-tier global technocrat, Ashton Carter.”

Wood explains in his book that “technocracy” is the wave of the future. It’s a system that weighs heavily toward rules and regulations by unelected bureaucrats. Its logical ending point is a dictatorship by the scientific elite.

Carter’s background and education is steeped in science. In 1976, he received a double-major in physics and medieval history from Yale University. After becoming a Rhodes Scholar, he received a doctorate in theoretical physics in 1979. After this formal education, Carter did postdoctoral work as a research associate fellow at Rockefeller University from 1979 to 1989 and as a research fellow at MIT.

Turning away from his career in theoretical physics, Carter instead pursued a career in political science, quickly rising up the ranks of academia and the Department of Defense.

“The only reference to Ashton Carter being a member of the Trilateral Commission is on the Trilateral Commission’s own membership list,” Wood said. “His online biographies have apparently been scrubbed of this fact.”

The Trilateral Commission was formed in 1973 by Zbigniew Brzezinski and David Rockefeller after Rockefeller read Brzezinski’s book, “Between Two Ages: America’s Role in the Technetronic Era,” and was impressed with it. In that book Brzezinski spotlighted the need for more managed control over the masses of people increasingly empowered by technology.

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