Biden's Climate of Weakness

Biden's Climate of Weakness

June 10, 2021

Standing in the hanger of an American airbase in England, Joe Biden had plenty of memorable moments. He botched the name of the Royal Air Force, got a bit of a scolding from his wife, and kept the troops at attention because, he chuckled, "I keep forgetting I'm president." As if he didn't have enough trouble being taken seriously, Biden wanted servicemembers to know that our biggest threat isn't China, Iran, or North Korea -- it's climate change. "This is not a joke," he said. But it sure sounded like one.

"You know, when I went over to the tank in the Pentagon when I was first was elected vice president with President Obama, the military sat us down and let us know what the greatest threats facing America were -- the greatest physical threats," Biden said. "This is not a joke. You know what the Joint Chiefs told us the greatest physical threat facing America was? Global warming." He talked about the coming "population movements, fights over land," and people in Southeast Asia "sinking below the sea..."

The new commander-in-chief, who plans to spend most of his first trip outside the U.S. talking to our European allies about climate change, insists that everyone needs to "commit to an ambitious climate action if we're going to prevent the worst impacts of climate change, limiting global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius..." As the troops listened, a good number of them had to be missing the good old days when national security was about fighting real enemies -- not the thermometer (in battle dress uniform, not maternity flight suits). And yet, in just a handful of months, this administration has already started turning the military into a sophisticated force for social change.

That was spelled out loud and clear in the new Biden budget, where the Defense Department seemed committed to two things: combatting conservative "extremists" and fighting the invisible foe of global warming. "The military must adapt to the ways the natural environment is changing," the Pentagon wrote. That includes pumping almost $700 million taxpayer dollars into initiatives on both fronts -- at the expense, many would point out, of actual equipment and training to fight our real enemies.

"As climate change melts the Arctic, it will prompt growing competition for resources and influence in the region," Biden's brass says. Obviously, the president is stuck in 2015, when Obama's most important mission was sending our troops to the frozen tundra to measure ice. It was an absurd idea then -- and it's even more ridiculous now. The military's focus shouldn't be ice -- it should be ISIS! And they aren't the only ones who think so. In May, Gallup asked Americans what they thought the most important problem facing the nation is. "Climate change" barely cracked three percent -- but "the government and poor leadership" (not surprising, given this administration's priorities) was number one!

Even General Mark Milley, who testified before Congress last Friday, admitted that while climate change "is a threat," he puts China and Iran "up there" too. Like a lot of Republicans, Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) could only shake his head. "I just think it's peculiar that the president would go to another continent and tell our service members there that the No. 1 threat is climate change, albeit a threat."

Frankly, I'm sure most of the men and women in our military wished climate change was our biggest problem. But in an increasingly dangerous world like ours, they don't have the luxury of worrying about the rainforests while radical regimes work to wipe us off the map. What's the point of saving the earth if we only end up in a nuclear war? If the Joint Chiefs of Staff really said that climate change is our greatest threat, former President Donald Trump argued, "he ought to immediately fire [them] for being incompetent!"

It's just another example of how wildly out of touch Biden is -- and how beholden he is to the far-Left radicals that helped elect him. If this administration is willing to sacrifice American security for some Sierra Club kudos, then more voters will wish they could forget he was president too.

Tony Perkins's Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.

Omar's Extremism Too Much for Some Democrats

June 10, 2021

When the New York Times sat down with Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) last year, she insisted, "I wouldn't run for Congress... if I was anti-American." Well, you could have fooled us. In the two years that Omar has been a part of the U.S. House, no one has been more openly hostile to the values and traditions of this country than the representative of Minnesota's Fifth District. She calls herself "a starter of fires," and this latest one--suggesting America and Israel are terrorists--won't be easy to put out.

The title of the Times' piece was "Ilhan Omar is not here to put you at ease"--a sentiment Democrats can certainly relate to as they struggle to contain her appalling rhetoric. The latest example, an exchange with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, shows just how little she cares to contain her hatred of Israel or the country she calls home. During the virtual meeting, she demanded an investigation into the supposed human rights abuses committed by Israeli Security Forces. On Twitter, she framed it this way: "We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity. We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban."

The idea that Omar would lump America and Israel in with a bunch of known terrorist killers like Hamas was so appalling that even Democrats were horrified. In a rare move, a dozen of them fired back publicly, insisting that "Equating the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban is as offensive as it is misguided." The 12 (which included high-profile Leftists like Reps. Jerrold Nadler, N.Y. and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Fla., among others) wrote that, "Ignoring the differences between democracies governed by the rule of law and contemptible organizations that engage in terrorism at best discredits one's intended argument and at worst reflects deep-seated prejudice," they wrote. "The United States and Israel are imperfect and, like all democracies, at times deserving of critique, but false equivalencies give cover to terrorist groups."

As usual, Omar played victim, claiming that she was the subject of "constant harassment and silencing." Her spokesperson, Jeremy Slevin, took it one further, saying this only proves how "normalized" Islamophobia has become in "American political discourse." Give me a break, David Harsanyi writes for NRO. "It's not 'Islamophobic' to seek clarification for why she believes the Taliban and the United States are morally comparable. It's a simple question. Surely, Omar, who believes the U.S. was 'founded by genocide' and built its power through 'neocolonialism,' has some Marxist drivel to share on the topic... But, whatever the case, being an African-American Muslim woman doesn't give Omar dispensation from debate or immunity from criticism. At least, not yet."

Omar's pals disagree, insisting that her religion and skin color give her the right to smear anyone she wants. "I'm not surprised when Republicans attack Black women for standing up for human rights. But when it's Democrats, it's especially hurtful..." Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.), another Squad member, tweeted. "Enough with the anti-Blackness and Islamophobia." The "obsession with policing her is sick," Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) chimed in.

As for Republicans, they think the biggest statement of all may be Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) non-action. "Rep. Omar's anti-Semitic and anti-American comments are abhorrent," Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) fumed. "Speaker Pelosi's continued failure to address the issues in her caucus sends a message to the world that Democrats are tolerant of anti-Semitism and sympathizing with terrorists." As the GOP made a point of reminding everyone, Republicans took drastic action when one of their own made controversial statements--even going so far to strip her of her committee assignments. The fact that Democrats haven't acted to rein in Omar is especially infuriating, in light of her long string of vile statements.

And congressmen like Brian Mast (R-Fla.) take that personally. "This is absolutely disgusting from a Member of Congress. I lost two legs and a finger defending the USA and fighting the radical Islamic terrorists that Ilhan Omar is now defending. She is completely unfit to serve our country."

Republicans, who continue to be villainized for inciting violence they had no part in, have every reason to be upset, Harsanyi agrees. "If we are going to start holding politicians responsible for the actions of third parties, then Omar has a lot of answering to do for the spike in anti-Semitic violence last month."

Tony Perkins's Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.

Parents Sound Alarm on the Left's Classroom Warfare

June 10, 2021

What's black and white and red all over? Incensed parents of every race who have had enough of the Left's deceptive indoctrination of children in public schools. Earlier this week, parents packed out a school board meeting in Loudoun County, Virginia. You may remember reading about the school district because it suspended P.E. teacher Tanner Cross for voicing his opposition, as a resident of the community, to woke ideology during a public meeting, although a judge has now reinstated him. But parents' outrage against critical race theory in their children's curriculum isn't confined to a wealthy D.C. suburb; spontaneous revolts against out-of-control, woke school boards is America's new pandemic.

In fact, when the Biden administration's Department of Education proposed new programs to promote the racist "1619 Project," they were flooded with over 35,000 overwhelmingly negative comments by citizens all across the country. That bought parents some time, too, because the bureaucracy is required by law to answer each comment they receive before they can proceed further.

America's political elites are deriding the groundswell of parental outrage. Former President Barack Obama quipped to CNN host Anderson Cooper, "You would think... the Republican Party would be engaged in a significant debate about... the economy and... climate change... Lo and behold, the single most important issue to them apparently right now is critical race theory. Who knew?" Of course, everyone knows parents would rather not have this fight at all; they would rather the Marxists keep their toxic ideas to themselves. But, by definition Marxism aims to subdue the world before its godless, destructive philosophy, so someone has to stand up and fight back.

Obama's mocking tone is "a sign that we're on to something," former Trump administration official Russ Vought said on "Washington Watch." "Oz the Great and Powerful" is only fearsome until someone pulls back the curtain. Perhaps the silver lining of the COVID lockdowns was that it pulled back the curtain on the Left's agenda for education. Kids may have lost a year of in-classroom education, but parents finally got a glimpse, over Zoom, of the radical indoctrination that is harming their children anyways. This wake-up call for parents has come none too soon, as President Biden's agenda has "hit the gas pedal on all of these cultural agendas that they've been pushing behind the scenes," said Vought.

Since the end of the Trump administration, Vought has turned to equipping parents to stand up to woke school boards, producing an A to Z Strategy Guide and model school board language parents and policymakers can use to eradicate critical race theory from the classroom. He recommended that "if parents can't provide accountability, with the school board that they have, they can replace the school board." States are taking action, too. Iowa enacted a ban on critical race theory on Tuesday, and the Florida State Board of Education banned critical race theory today.

The Left "has overplayed their hand," Vought insists. They're outnumbered, so they know their only path to success is by dividing Americans against each other. One parent who spoke out at Tuesday's Loudoun County school board meeting was Xi Van Fleet, a survivor of Mao's Cultural Revolution. She argued that the Left is using the same tactics today -- having children inform on their own parents, intimidation and shaming of anyone who disagreed. "The Communist regime used the same critical theory to divide people. The only difference is they used class instead of race," she said. Fortunately, parents are united against this Marxist theory indoctrinating their children. By replacing irresponsible school boards or holding them accountable, they have the means, power, and political will to protect their children.