"In my book, losing 90% of the country constitutes a massive clear and present danger. Period."
Today in The Hill is an article penned by one of our former CIA chiefs along with another author. It has to do with North Korea. It appears that North Korea is preparing for a missile strike on Japan, South Korea, or maybe even us. And a missile strike on us would probably be an EMP strike. I have written about this dozens of times before, so please stick with me for just a bit. I need someone a whole lot smarter than I to explain something very important to me.
We have known about EMP since we first started testing the atomic bomb. We found out about it quite by accident. However, once the genie was out of the bottle, every bad actor who ended up with a nuke had EMP capability. The Soviets had this in their order of battle for decades. Is that a secret? Not hardly. In the movie The Day After, right before the first Soviet nuke dropped from the sky, an EMP bomb went off and disabled everything. That movie was made in the 1980's.
Anyhow, in today's article from The Hill, it was pointed out that this country could lose 90% of its population the first year after an EMP attack. No flash burns, no radioactive poisoning - just slow starvation, dehydration, sickness or exposure. And that brings me to the point of this article.
In my book, losing 90% of the country constitutes a massive clear and present danger. Period. Therefore:
- Why in the 1980's when we knew EMP was a possibility did we not start to ruggedize our electrical grid? Most of the misery which would result from an EMP strike is because of no electricity.
- In the 1990's, even though the Soviet Union was vanquished, why did we not use our prosperity that decade to update our grid?
- Or in the 2000's, after we found out that 20 brazen Islamic Terrorists could use four jet planes and bring this nation to its knees?
- Or in 2009, when the Stimulus Bill was crafted for almost a trillion dollars, why could we not have taken $300B and made our grid rugged and smart? Instead we wasted all that money on garbage. Why?
So here we sit, hoping against hope that the Norks are not crazy enough to try such an attack. If they do, it will be a sucker punch just like we received on 9/11. It will be of little solace knowing our retaliatory strike will wipe them off the map. We would still have a broken country with tens of millions of innocent friends and loved ones dying a slow death.