How Climate Migration Will Reshape America

This is a lengthy, complex article from today’s New York Times Magazine about the impact of climate change on domestic migration patterns. It is a difficult read, made more so because I have spent significant portions of my life in both Arizona and California and know well our western states.

I am no expert on climate change and unable to offer competent arguments on either side of the issue. I do know, however, how much the weather patterns have changed in the last 15 years here in central Virginia, at the foot of the Shenandoah Mountains. If only half of the projections in this article are accurate and occur, there will be some very difficult challenges for Americans to overcome in the next several decades. Although I have seen no one write about the effects on intelligence, counterintelligence, law enforcement, and counterterror operations of climate change, I suspect, or at least I hope, that some of our currently serving professionals are considering those implications.

In addition to the contents of the article, there are 200+ comments that follow it on the New York Times website, which you may find of interest as well.

HOW CLIMATE MIGRATION WILL RESHAPE AMERICA

Why Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Love Affair with the Ottoman Empire Should Worry the World

I thought this was a rather good article about Turkey’s President in a recent Time Magazine and thought you might find it of interest as well. Only this week I forwarded to you a STRATFOR article on Turkey’s efforts to expand their access to undersea resources in the Mediterranean, which puts them at odds with the Greeks and potential NATO involvement in the future.

Why Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Love Affair with the Ottoman Empire Should Worry the World-Time Magazine

What Islamists and ‘Wokeists’ Have in Common

As I occasionally do, in the interest of furthering discussion, I am forwarding to you an OpEd from yesterday’s Wall Street Journal: What Islamists and ‘Wokeists’ Have in Common. As a companion to the thoughts expressed in this article, I strongly recommend to you a course that is a part of the very well done The Great Courses series available on Amazon Audible: Utopia and Terror in the 20th Century, By Prof. Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius of The University of Tennessee. It is a terrific course! I have listened to it twice now and use it frequently in my courses on terrorism and on intelligence. In the course, Liulevicius describes the numerous “isms” of the 19th and 20th centuries (Anarchism, socialism, Communism, Nazi-ism, et al) and their use of Terror to achieve the utopia they think is best for their countrymen and the rest of us in the world. Liulevicius’ uses his novel constructs to teach the history of those two centuries, which resonates with me, as does the article by Ms.Ayaan Hirsi Ali in her Wall Street Journal op-ed.

As always, I would love to hear and pass on to our colleagues on this list your thoughts on the WSJ op-ed and the course on Utopia and Terror if you choose to listen to it.

What Islamists and ‘Wokeists’ Have in Common-WSJ

Delta member receiving Medal of Honor

My wife found this in the Washington Post today, I missed it. It’s a great story! I’m a bit surprised that the Post did such a positive article, but glad they did.

The men and women in Delta deserve a lot of credit for all they do to make us safe. But, knowing how reluctant they are to have their people or tactics in the public eye, I wonder at the discussions that went on at the Unit on whether to allow the story to be published.

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2020/09/11/medal-of-honor-payne-trump/?hpid=hp_hp-more-top-stories_medalofhonor-11am%3Ahomepage%2Fstory-ans