It was bad enough when the Pentagon did this sort of thing when it was buying weapons systems. It’s much worse when the things at issue are complete useless, surplus to its mission and also weapons of mass economic destruction.
Retired military officers deeply involved in the climate change movement — and some in companies positioned to profit from it — spearheaded an alarmist global warming report this month that calls on the Defense Department to ramp up spending on what it calls a man-made problem.
Manufacturers of rubber dinghies warn of importance of preparing for flooding.
The report, which the Obama administration immediately hailed as a call to action, was issued not by a private advocacy group but by a Pentagon-financed think tank that trumpets “absolute objectivity.” The research was funded by a climate change group that is also one of the think tank’s main customers.
Not a smidgen of corruption. Not even a smidgen.
The Center for Naval Analyses’ motto is “high quality, impartial information.”
Its real motto is “So long suckers.”
One of the CNA panel’s vice chairmen, retired Navy Vice Adm. Lee Gunn, is president of a private think tank, the American Security Project, whose prime issue is warning about climate change.
The other vice chairman, retired Army Brig. Gen. Gerald E. Galloway Jr., is a prominent adviser to the Center for Climate and Security, a climate change group.
If you’re noticing that there’s an entire industry of retired generals cashing in on Chicken Littleism, welcome to D.C.
In all, four CNA board members sit on the panel of advisers to the Center for Climate and Security, whose statements on climate change are similar to those found in the CNA report.
So predictably we have think tanks backed by special interests issuing impartial reports that become government policy.
The CNA advisory panel is headed by retired four-star Army Gen. Paul Kern, who sits on the board of directors of a company that sells climate-detection products to the Pentagon and other government agencies. At least two other board members are employed in businesses that sell climate change expertise and products.
But the story wouldn’t be complete without a dirty money trial from a certain Nazi collaborator and wannabe James Bond villain.
The Center for Climate and Security has taken donations from the Tides Foundation, which gets money from Democratic Party financier and liberal billionaire George Soros.
There we go.