This was a good week in getting out the word on the electromagnetic pulse (EMP) threat—there’s a growing awareness of its seriousness, though not much agreement on how to counter it. A conference in Washington indicates this concern is growing internationally—and at least a couple of nations (not including the U.S.) are organized to deal with it seriously . . . Have a good Memorial Day weekend and thank God for our nation and those who have died to keep us free.
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The U.S. should join Israel to demand that Iran not cross a critical “Red Line” in achieving nuclear weapons—especially those that can be launched on ballistic missiles to threaten America with an existential electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack. Both the U.S. and Iran must be prepared to back up such a declaratory policy.
The electromagnetic pulse (EMP) threat was understood during the Cold War, and the Commander of Strategic Command (STRATCOM) says it is still a matter of great concern—including to American society as a whole. But the Defense Department is not responsible for many components of our critical infrastructure—nor does any other department seem responsible for an integrated response to EMP, which poses an existential threat. Not good.
In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Silver Blaze, Sherlock Holmes solved a mystery by noticing that the “watch dog did not bark” while the family slept and the crime was being committed. Just so, we may not avert a calamity if we do not in time take note of “the dog not barking” in the current search for counters to existential threats to all we hold dear.
This paraphrase of quotes attributed to Samuel Johnson should capture our attention as we think about two existential electromagnetic pulse (EMP) threats—one that may be avoided if we are prepared and one that definitely will happen; both of which could lead to the death of several hundred million Americans. How long will the “powers that be” think before acting?
Perhaps these the well-known lines from Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, when Hamlet contemplates life and death—and suicide, also apply when considering today’s existential threat to America and all of Western Civilization posed by an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) event. Shall America, like Hamlet, experience an untimely death? Or shall we avert a possible end to all we hold dear?
“It’s déjà vu all over again,” New York Yankee Yogi Berra supposedly explained after watching Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris repeatedly hit back-to-back home runs. As the dots are being connected following the Boston Marathon Terrorist event, there are similar feelings—without any pleasure, except to those who wish to kill us in a Global Jihad.
America’s rude Tax Day wakeup call in Boston shows we need informed and engaged leadership to deal effectively with the Global Jihad that poses an existential threat to America—and all of Western Civilization. We again need leaders who not only understand, but who will speak the uncomfortable truths we don’t wish to hear and mobilize free peoples to stand firm during this perilous time. In short, we need a modern Winston Churchill.
The aftermath of the Boston Marathon terrorist attack suggests that we should heed Sun Tsu’s sage advice and re-evaluate our strategy for dealing with Global Jihadists, our enemy in the new world disorder. We seem not to know either our enemy or ourselves.
The Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system is the most versatile missile defense system in the U.S. arsenal, thanks to the Navy Team’s “can do” attitude since its beginning. The Navy team should be given the resources to address our possible need to shoot down satellites carrying nuclear weapons that come at us from over the south pole . . . and soon!
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