There are national security ramifications to global warming.
The comment may seem like a no-brainer coming from a national intelligence chief, but please notice something very important.
Those eight words uttered by the man in charge of the entire US intelligence community acknowledge that global warming is a fact; that it is a fact of great significance; of so great significance that it affects national security.
The author of the profile, Lawrence Wright, asked McConnell if he believed that Al Qaeda was really the greatest threat America faces. Here's his answer, which ends with the eight words about global warming:
No, no, no, not at all. Terrorism can kill a lot of people, but it can't fundamentally challenge the ability of the nation to exist. Fascism could have done that. Communism could have. I think our issue going forward is more engagement with the world in terms of keeping it on a reasonable path, so another ism doesn't come along and drive it to one extreme or another.
And we have to have some balance in terms of equitable distribution of wealth, containment of contagious disease, access to energy supplies, and development of free markets. There are national security ramifications to global warming.
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