Barry, My Liege :
Today's drought in the United States of America will have severe effects on food importing countries.
The resulting food shortages will result in riots and social unrest.
NOVEMBER 30, 2012 - Here's something that makes it worse for us all : banks are SPECULATING in food supplies, thereby making famine worse.
Article here : http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/11/barclays-food-speculation/
That social unrest will affect the Economic National Security of the United States negatively.
Predictions are that Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sudan, South Sudan, and Egypt will face social unrest when food prices rise.
My Liege, you may recall that the Arab Spring was created when food prices rose to the point that many families could not eat.
The State Department reported that 60 food riots were results of the recent food shortage in 2007 and 2008.
It will happen again.
This is in addition to current famine conditions in Niger, Chad, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Somalia, Zimbabwe Kenya, Djibouti and Darfur.
The long term future does not look better.
The National Intelligence Council [http://www.dni.gov/files/documents/Global%20Trends_2025%20Report.pdf] estimates that 21 countries with a combined population of 600 million are either cropland or water scarce today.
That number will INCREASE by 36 countries with a population of 1.4 billion people by 2025.
New entrants will include Burundi, Colombia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Malawi, Pakistan, and Syria.
Barry, My Liege, what are our plans to address this question?
Will we leave the poor to starve?
Or, will we beggar the United States to prevent it?
These questions require answers, My Liege.
Your faithful servant.