On Wednesday night, Hardball’s Chris Matthews hosted a panel of foreign policy pundits to discuss the issues currently facing the United States of America.
One of Matthews’ guests was Susan Hennessey, a fellow at the Brookings Institute and the managing editor of Lawfare, told the MSNBC host she believes climate change is the single most dangerous threat to domestic peace.
“Look, for all the Trump administration’s sort of focus on refugees, the single biggest national security threat is climate change,” Hennessey said. “We’ve seen that the ways in which climate change has either sparked conflicts or has made existing conflicts worse again and again. This has been a major DoD priority.”
Matthews responded by asking Hennessey, “What’d you think of the weather two weeks ago…What do you mean? Do you think it has to do with the weather we’ve been having?” Hennessey tried to answer Matthews’ question, asking if rising temperatures were to blame for flaming global hostility.
“Right, so again and again, we’re seeing a more intense sort of conflict for resources and we’re seeing more and more displaced people. That causes — that has spillover effects with really dramatic security consequences,” Hennessey replied.
A short clip of the back-and-forth between Hennessey and Matthews can be seen below:
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