President Joe Biden managed to inject his ideological agenda into recent remarks to a group of U.S. military service members.
During his visit to England this week, the president told the troops that their greatest challenge in protecting America is climate change.
“This is not a joke”
According to the Washington Examiner, Biden claimed that he was given that information from his joint chiefs of staff, which came as a shock to more than a few onlookers.
“This is not a joke,” the president reiterated. “You know what the joint chiefs told us the greatest threat facing America was? Global warming.”
Of course, treating climate change as a military threat began to gain traction during the Obama administration, during which Biden served as vice president. Former Secretary of State John Kerry at the time called it “the world’s largest weapon of mass destruction.”
Not only has the Biden administration listed climate change as a priority for the military, but Vice President Kamala Harris has also listed it as one of the “root causes” for a spike in illegal immigration into the U.S.
If left unchecked, the president warned that it could cause “significant population movements” and war over increasingly scarce land. Former President Donald Trump was among those who lambasted the rhetoric.
“I’m putting China, Russia up there”
“If that is the case, and they actually said this, he ought to immediately fire the Joint Chiefs of Staff for being incompetent,” Trump declared.
As it turns out, Biden had been referring to conversations dating back more than a decade. The statement is nevertheless par for the course for a president who has frequently attempted to weave a progressive agenda into various aspects of his administration.
For his part, Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, came to a different conclusion regarding the top threats facing the U.S. military.
“I’m putting China, Russia up there,” he said, providing some cover for the president by saying that Biden was referencing a “broader” perspective.
It was not the first time that Biden provided a risk assessment that struck many critics as misaligned. He recently said that “white supremacy” is the greatest terrorist threat to the homeland — even worse than terror networks like ISIS and al-Qaida.