This man is an Admiral in the United States Navy He has been in the military for forty years. He is currently the Commander, U.S. Pacific Command. His name is Samuel J. Lockyear III.
Admiral Lockyear has had a distinguished career in the US Navy. As testament to that, the medals that he wears on his chest will be displayed at the end of this post. Admiral Lockyear also shares a trait with another distinguished American – Rep. Hank Johnson, D-GA. You will recall that Rep. Johnson, in utmost sincerity, remarked that it might not be a good idea to increase the size of our Marine detachment on the island of Guam because…..it might tip over and capsize.
Johnson is, of course, a politician. Politicians, like kids, say the darnedest things. But in the professions these days, it seems more and more of their prominent and public figures are saying some really outlandish darn things. This is what Admiral Samuel J. Lockyear III had to say about the threats we face:
CAMBRIDGE — America’s top military officer in charge of monitoring hostile actions by North Korea, escalating tensions between China and Japan, and a spike in computer attacks traced to China provides an unexpected answer when asked what is the biggest long-term security threat in the Pacific region: climate change.
Navy Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III, in an interview at a Cambridge hotel Friday after he met with scholars at Harvard and Tufts universities, said significant upheaval related to the warming planet “is probably the most likely thing that is going to happen . . . that will cripple the security environment, probably more likely than the other scenarios we all often talk about.’’
“People are surprised sometimes,” he added, describing the reaction to his assessment. “You have the real potential here in the not-too-distant future of nations displaced by rising sea level. Certainly weather patterns are more severe than they have been in the past. We are on super typhoon 27 or 28 this year in the Western Pacific. The average is about 17.”
Admiral Lockyear is an idiot. We don’t care how many medals he has been awarded. Using his position as one of the top US military commanders in the world to babble about an area of meterological and physical science in a manner befitting an LSD-fueled Penn State or University of East Anglia professor, or a headline-seeking Georgia lawmaker, is an abomination. He is, we thought, supposed to be protecting and defending the United States of America from foreign threats military in nature. Mother Nature may threaten from time to time, but she lives and breathes among us and no matter how many medals Admiral Lockyear wears on his chest, he will never defeat her.
The fog of war, we are told, often clouds happening events. The fog in admirals’ heads apparently often clouds their thinking. Here is another offering from an admiral, as reported in Roll Call:
Retired Vice Adm. Dennis V. McGinn, president and chief executive of the American Council on Renewable Energy, said in a recent radio interview that Pakistan is an example of a country that could turn on a dime because of climate events and become a threat to national and global security if major floods or other weather events become more frequent. Such natural disasters, which displace people and disrupt basic services, put tremendous pressure on society and government, making a country more susceptible to major governmental takeovers or other changes.
“Oh, and by the way, they have nuclear weapons,” he said.
Yes, those Pakis just get themselves worked up into a frenzy over climate change. We had previously been told that poor economic conditions drive adherents of Islam to terrorism. Who knew that in reality it’s the weather that’s liable to set them off? We had better step up the Global War On Nature before they lash out with their nukes.
The argument over global warming or cooling is not over yet – Al Gore to the contrary notwithstanding. In fact, a report from the UK Daily Mail, not a right-wing publication, by the way, attributed to the University of East Anglia itself a finding that there has been no warming at all in the last fifteen years. Of course those of us civilians out here not charged with defending the homeland against evil knew this three years ago, but couldn’t even get a good conduct medal for informing ourselves on the issue. Admirals however, have an uncanny knack of being able to shift terminology from global warming to “climate change” and still maintain that the seas are going to rise, no matter what. They must teach that at the Naval War Against Nature College these days.
We don’t want to wade out into the deep blue weeds on this climate conflict at this time, even though Lockyear apparently doesn’t have anything better to do. The point is he and his ilk have occupied important positions in our national defense structure over the last four decades. And there are many like him. Do you sleep better in your bed at night knowing this dolt commands the Pacific Fleet? Hank Johnson’s got nothing on the climate-wary Admiral. Apparently we need not just evacuate the Marines from Guam, but pull our forces back from every coastline on the Pacific Rim. Probably 200 miles, just to be safe. Women , and children first, of course, if the consulting “scholars from Harvard and Tufts” think that’s the way to go.
This post was not about the weather, nor climate science, nor rain or snow or dark of night, nor heat or cold. This post was about Admirals.
One final cautionary tale about the use and abuse of our military. You have no doubt heard all the hullabaloo about ‘the Sequester’ and how, as a result of that the Department of the Navy has determined it must withdraw certain vessels from both routine and precautionary patrols because of supposed cuts in funding? Specifically the refuelling of certain aircraft carriers was mentioned as one of the casualties of Sequester and we understand one carrier was actually withdrawn from the Persian Gulf theatre. (We hope Ahmed Ahmedinijad and the irascible chief mullah Khameini remain in good humor for a while.)
But the Good Admiral over in the Pacific Theatre can’t be bothered with funding constraints. Apparently he is pressing on in his pretend crusade (We do hope it is pretend. We hope it is just a ruse to outfox the Chinese. In fact we pray to God we have seriously underestimated the wiles of Samuel J. Lockyear and his compadres in the military establishment).
Locklear said his Hawaii-based headquarters — which is assigned more than 400,00 military and civilian personnel and is responsible for operations from California to India, is working with Asian nations to stockpile supplies in strategic locations and planning a major exercise for May with nearly two dozen countries to practice the “what-ifs.”
Stockpile supplies. Major exercise. Practice the…..”what-ifs.” In the middle of defense cuts. While there are reductions in force planned for all branches, especially the Marine Corps, an auxilliary of the Admiral’s precious US Navy. When there are cutbacks planned in retirement and medical benefits for veterans and compensation packages for active duty personnel. When we can’t refuel an aircraft carrier. When preparations for one of the biggest “what-if”s of all- what if the Iranians block the Strait of Hormuz or attack Israel, go begging for lack of leadership in the Pentagon and in the military command in general.
And closer to the Admiral’s Hawaiian Pacific home – what if the Chinese decide the green, green grass of Taiwan is just too tempting to continue to resist? “What-ifs”, indeed. Did we mention the Dennis Rodman-hugging Young’un over in Korea, newly empowered with lots of cool toys at his disposal?
There are lots of little Asian, and Middle Eastern, and yes, even American children that need praying for tonight, and not in light of any threat from Mother Nature, but in light of the apparent utter stupidity of the people we have been sending to our service academies in these modern times.
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|Defense Distinguished Service Medal|
|Navy Distinguished Service Medal with 1 gold award star|
|Defense Superior Service Medal|
|Legion of Merit with four award stars|
|Meritorious Service Medal with 3 award stars|
|Navy Commendation Medal with 1 award star|
|Navy Achievement Medal with 2 award stars|
|Navy Unit Commendation|
|Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation with 1 bronze service star|
|Navy “E” Ribbon|
|National Defense Service Medal with 2 service stars|
|Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal|
|Southwest Asia Service Medal with 1 bronze service star|
|Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal|
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|Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with 1 silver service star|
|Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon|
|NATO Meritorious Service Medal|
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Crossposted at Grumpy Opinions