Today, seventeen years into the Global War on Terror, America is in the midst of suffering from what historian Paul Kennedy described as “imperial overstretch.” Although U.S. forces conduct active military operations in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and Asia, we do not have clear policy objectives. America needs a coherent national security policy with clear and obtainable goals that improve the position and status of the U.S. in the world and be a stabilizing force.
We have to look at climate change as a national security issue. Drought and extreme, unpredictable weather threaten food supplies, water sources and energy security. Responding to the effects of climate change will continue to be a high cost diversion to our military forces, especially the Navy and Coast Guard. The floating variable posed by weather can destabilize fragile governments and increase threat levels from those who exploit human crises to gain new recruits. I will treat climate change as the economic and national security issue that it is. I will push for the policies recommended by the National Climate Assessment and support efforts for the United States to re-enter the Paris Climate Accords.