The chickenhawks in the Pentagon have just identified an enemy more potent than Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaeda, far more devastating than the Taliban, and more of a threat than Saddam ever thought of being.
The Pentagon has sent a secret report to the president that spells out the potentially catastrophic effects of this enemy and notes all our military might is useless against it.
This enemy is climate change.
Climate change is something George W. Bush has steadfastly denied exists. In 20 years, the report says, we could see events that cost millions of lives; the result of wars and natural disasters.
Where this report originates is significant. Does the report come from a bunch of wild-eyed, liberal wackos? No. The report comes directly from the heart of the neoconservative nest in the Pentagon.
The report paints a scenario of nuclear wars, huge droughts, famine and widespread rioting. According to a British newspaper, The Observer, the Pentagon document forecasts a planet gone mad and at the edge of anarchy as nations that can turn to nuclear arms to protect or obtain dwindling supplies of food, water and energy. A few experts who know exactly what is in the report say the threat of abrupt climate change is a greater danger to the stability of the planet than terrorism ever could be.
The Pentagon analysis concludes: Disruption and conflict will be endemic features of life. Once again, warfare would define human life.
Bush and his immediate circle of advisers have continued to deny that global warming or climate change even exists. The administration has insisted that national defense is the top priority. Climate change should be elevated beyond a scientific debate to a U.S. security concern, according to the reports authors, Peter Schwartz, CIA consultant and former head of planning for the Royal Dutch/Shell Group, and Doug Randall of the California-based Global Business Network.
Their report states that as early as next year, extensive flooding because of a rise in sea levels will cause major upheaval for millions of people.
Bush and his administration have drawn sharp criticism from a large group of distinguished scientists who claim the government selectively used scientific information to suit its agenda and suppressed studies it did not like.
Jeremy Symons, a former EPA whistleblower, said suppression of the report for four months is another example of the White House trying to bury the threat of climate change.
The presidential campaign is not going full bore yet, but all during the Democratic run for the nomination, not a word was said about this crisis. Neither have the Republicans commented. Both brands of politicians see any remarks about the problem as political suicide, yet there is no problem more pressing than this facing the country.
The climate report was commissioned by Andrew Marshall, an influential defense adviser in the Pentagon who has affected military strategy for the past 30 years.
A group of British scientists recently visited the White House to advance their fears about rapid climate change. One said it is claimed in Britain that the White House wrote the Blair government to complain about Sir David King, Blairs chief science adviser, after King said Bushs stance on global warming was indefensible.
Some scientists think this report may persuade Bush to change his position on this issue. Bob Watson, the World Banks chief scientist and former chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said the Pentagons warnings could no longer be ignored.
Can Bush ignore the Pentagon? he asked. Its going to be hard to blow off this sort of document. Its hugely embarassing. After all, Bushs single highest priority is national defense.
The Pentagon is no wacko, liberal group, generally speaking it is conservative. If climate change is a threat to national security and the economy, then he has to act. There are two groups the Bush administration tend to listen to, the oil lobby and the Pentagon, Watson said.
Rob Gueterbock, of Greenpeace, stated: Youve got a president who says global warming is a hoax, and across the Potomac River youve got a Pentagon preparing for climate wars. Its pretty scary when Bush starts to ignore his own government on this issue.
Randall told the British press that the potential ramifications of rapid climate change would create global chaos. This is depressing stuff, he said. It is a national security threat that is unique because there is no enemy to point your guns at, and we have no control over the threat.
Symons noted the key thing to keep in mind is the administrations close ties to energy and oil companies. This administration is ignoring the evidence in order to placate a handful of large energy and oil companies, Symons said.