Gaffney: On North Korea, ‘Strategic Patience’ Has Enabled Strategic Blackmail
When Barack Obama handed off to his successor the presidency of the United States, he impressed upon Donald Trump that his greatest worry was North Korea.
The intervening months have made clear why – with dictator Kim Jong-un’s incessant ballistic missile tests of ever-more-formidable weapons, his sixth underground explosion on Sunday apparently of a thermonuclear weapon and his escalating threats, which now include explicitly an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack on America’s vulnerable electric grid.
Equally apparent is the fact this witches’ brew of trouble is befalling the United States on President Trump’s watch because the Obama administration basically did nothing to attenuate the danger. Instead, it dressed up inactivity and passivity in the face of the metastasizing danger as “strategic patience.”
Even before the North Koreans’ latest intercontinental missile launches, nuclear test, and threat of an EMP attack, Mr. Trump and his senior subordinates have properly signaled that the era of strategic patience is at an end. Unfortunately, in the absence of urgent course corrections on several fronts, the period now dawning is likely to be one of strategic blackmail.
An EMP attack: the nightmare scenario.
Try to contemplate what would happen were you to lose all electricity, and even most things that run on batteries would simply not work. What would happen to your life? What would your world look like after a week of zero electricity? A month?
If you haven’t read much about the impact that a large EMP might have, try…
And not exactly an EMP scenario, but in the same line:
There are quite a few now that explore the impact of an EMP. One series, the Perseid Collapse, by Steven Konkoly, starts with a pandemic and then moves to an EMP scenario.
You get the drift.
Just for a start, in case you aren’t anxious enough already.