President Obama met with Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio and Dr. Katharine Hayhoe at the White House Monday, October 3, to talk about climate change, and suggested that droughts in Syria stirred up the unrest that caused the Syrian civil war.
He then preceded to slam patriotic members of Congress who wear flag pins, accusing them of not paying attention to the “most significant security threat.”
OBAMA: “There’s already some really interesting work — not definitive but powerful — showing that the droughts that happened in Syria contributed to the unrest and the Syrian civil war. Well, if you start magnifying that across a lot of states, a lot of nation states that already contain a lot of poor people who are just right at the margins of survival, this becomes a national security issue. And, that’s why even as we have members of Congress who scoff at climate change at the same time as they are saluting and wearing flag pins and extolling their patriotism they’re not paying attention to our Joints Chief of Staff and the Pentagon who are saying this is one of the most significant national security threats that we face over the next fifty years.”
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