Obama’s claims here are based on the proposition that poverty causes terrorism. Drought led to jihad in Nigeria, and drought, crop failures and high food prices led to jihad in Syria. But if poverty causes terrorism, one wonders why the world isn’t full of Haitian and Angolan terrorists. Also, poverty doesn’t cause terrorism.
The Economist reported in 2010: “Social scientists have collected a large amount of data on the socioeconomic background of terrorists. According to a 2008 survey of such studies by Alan Krueger of Princeton University, they have found little evidence that the typical terrorist is unusually poor or badly schooled.”
CNS News noted in September 2013 that “according to a Rand Corporation report on counterterrorism, prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense in 2009, ‘Terrorists are not particularly impoverished, uneducated, or afflicted by mental disease. Demographically, their most important characteristic is normalcy (within their environment). Terrorist leaders actually tend to come from relatively privileged backgrounds.’ One of the authors of the RAND report, Darcy Noricks, also found that according to a number of academic studies, ‘Terrorists turn out to be more rather than less educated than the general population.’”
This ridiculous claim from Obama is just more of his absolute unwillingness to acknowledge the real provenance of the jihad impulse in Islamic texts and teachings. It will result in taxpayer dollars by the hundreds of millions being showered upon the Nigerian government and factions deemed “moderate” in Syria, whatever the evidence to the contrary. Those millions will go for villas and BMWs for corrupt officials, while the forces of the global jihad continue to advance.
“Obama says climate change threatens US national security,” by Nick Allen, Telegraph, May 20, 2015:
President Barack Obama has called climate change a “serious threat” to America’s national security and linked extreme weather to the rise of Boko Haram and the outbreak of war in Syria.
Mr Obama said rising sea levels could undermine the effectiveness of US forces, jeopardise its military bases around the world and cost hundreds of billions of dollars. He accused those who deny climate change exists of a “dereliction of duty”.
Speaking to graduates at the US Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut, he said: “I’m here today to say that climate change constitutes a serious threat to global security, an immediate threat to our national security.
“It will impact how our military defends our country. We need to act and we need to act now. Denying it or refusing to deal with it endangers our national security. It undermines the readiness of our forces.”
He added: “I know there are some folks back in Washington who refuse to admit that climate change is real. Politicians who say they care about military readiness need to care about this as well.
“I understand climate change did not cause the conflicts we see around the world, yet what we also know is that severe drought helped to create the instability in Nigeria that was exploited by the terrorist group Boko Haram.
“It’s now believed that drought and crop failures and high food prices helped fuel the early unrest in Syria, which descended into civil war in the heart of the Middle East.”
Tackling climate change has become one of the main aims for Mr Obama before he leaves office and he intends it to be a major part of his legacy….