Latest U.S. Air Strikes Steal Climate Summit Spotlight

I’m betting you’ve heard or seen the big news, as reported on the front page of today’s New York Times:

The United States and allies launched airstrikes against Sunni militants in Syria early Tuesday, unleashing a torrent of cruise missiles and precision-guided bombs from the air and sea on the militants’ de facto capital of Raqqa and along the porous Iraq border.

This is a major development, especially for a war-weary American public. As the NYT says:

The strikes are a major turning point in President Obama’s war against the Islamic State and open up a risky new stage of the American military campaign. Until now, the administration had bombed Islamic State targets only in Iraq, and had suggested it would be weeks if not months before the start of a bombing campaign against Islamic State targets in Syria.

Now I’m no military planner, but I have to think that President Obama is the one who signed off on the timing of these air strikes into Syria. Coincidentally, the bombing commenced on the eve of the big climate summit in New York City. If I’m a climate activist I’m thinking, WTF, you couldn’t wait a few more days?

Naturally, the herd media instinct kicked in and whatever attention climate change was getting suddenly had to be shared with a new U.S. bombing campaign in the Middle East.

That meant images like this when President Obama flew into New York City this afternoon to deliver a widely anticipated speech on climate change.


And headlines like this in a major newspaper: “Post-Syria strike, Obama talks climate change and civil society.”

Oddly, there was concern by some that there would be a virtual news blackout of Obama’s climate speech.


Yes, the speech would have to compete with the bombs dropped the night before, but did anyone actually expect it to to go unreported? I mean, really? Really? No, really? Because to me it seems pretty well covered.

Still, if you want to grumble about media attention being distracted away from climate change this week, I think you know who to blame.

6 Responses to “Latest U.S. Air Strikes Steal Climate Summit Spotlight”

  1. bobito says:

    That anyone could try and argue the climate summit, in any way, equates in importance to the ISIS situation boggles my mind… Only the most fanatic could come to such a conclusion.

  2. Tom Scharf says:

    You have to be pretty demented to think military planning should take a backseat to a UN climate summit.

    Really? You have got to be kidding. Are you working for The Onion now?

    What “breakthroughs” do you think were missed?

    Do you really think the media was going to breathlessly cover UN climate speeches? What exactly did we miss here?

  3. David Skurnick says:

    Somewhat off topic, but Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. made some extreme statements. He said the Koch brothers and others like them “should be prosecuted for reckless endangerment”, that they are “contemptible human beings” and they should be locked up “with the rest of the war criminals.”

  4. Uncle Al says:

    We must bomb populaces with zero carbon emission explosives. I suggest [Ni(NH_2-NH_2)_3](ClO_4)_2. What is good for Sudbury Canada is good for the USA.

  5. Buddy199 says:

    Climate summits remind me of tent revivals. Everybody gets together to hoot and holler about that old time religon. Then they go home everything goes back to normal.

  6. Buddy199 says:

    His obsession with vaccination is kind of eccentric. But his anti-free speech rants reveal him as a total crackpot. I guess he finds no peace living in the old man’s shadow, as he desperately tries to find similar relevance and adulation in his own life.

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