The Motley Monk thinks everyone should care about an EMP because life as we know it today would be dramatically changed and perhaps even catastophically. Years not days, weeks, or months.
Think about it this way: An EMP could shut down the nation's electric grid. Sme of the likely outcomes:
- Nothing electric will work. No refrigeration, no cell phones, no credit cards, no cars, and banks won't open.
- There will be no water and flush toilets won't work.
- There will be no gasoline, no first responders, and no National Guard.
- There will be no food or clothing available in stores.
- Those confined to hospitals, nursing facilities, and assisted living facilities will be left to die.
Pretty scary stuff, no?
According to the last unclassified Congressional EMP Commission report (published in 2008), social chaos and starvation will kill perhaps 30M Americans. First, the elderly. Second, the ill, weak, and vulnerable. Only the strongest will survive.
Envision that reality. It's a return to Hobbes' "state of nature" which, he said is "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short." Yes, an EMP could throw those living in the affected area back to the 16th century colonial era.
Even though he has a pen and phone to run around Congress to fund his pet projects to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars, President Obama has not issued an executive order to protect civilian infrastructure. Congress also has failed in this regard. The House has passed the GRID Act, the Shield Act, and the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act in a bipartisan fashion. But, each died in the Senate. Thank you, Harry Reid.
Inaction on the part of the nation's elected political leaders means that the electric grid and the other civilian infrastructure that's fueled by electricity—among others, tele-communications, transportation, banking—are left in peril, reminiscent of life in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 6, 1941. Why are they spending the nation into $18B+ debt on entitlement programs to keep the folks back home happy while turning a blind eye to an EMP?
All of this came to mind when The Motley Monk read the April 30, 2015, Wall Street Journal article, "The Threat to Melt the Electric Grid: An electromagnetic-pulse attack from North Korea or another U.S. enemy would cause staggering devastation," written by Henry F. Cooper (the former director of the Strategic Defense Initiative) and Peter Vincent Pry (the Executive Director of the EMP Task Force on National and Homeland Security and who served on the EMP Commission, the House Armed Services Committee, and the Central Intelligence Agency)
According to Cooper and Pry, the Pentagon is actively implementing plans to protect the nation's early warning and command and control from an EMP.
But, what about the folks back home? The United States "has no ballistic-missile early-warning radars or ground-based interceptors facing south and would be blind to a nuclear warhead orbited as a satellite from a southern trajectory," Cooper and Pry note.
Who cares about an EMP? Not many. But every citizen should.
It's estimated that hardening the national electric grid would cost a couple of billion $$$s. That's a trivial amount compared to the hundreds of billions of $$$s the Presdient and Congress waste each year on pork projects that have nothing to do with the common defense and everything to do with enriching themselves.
Let the discussion begin...
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