Friday, August 29, 2014
THE REAL THREAT – AND IT AIN'T ZOMBIES
My post on Survivalist started me thinking about the real dangers this nation faces.
We have the mightiest military on earth (because our national budget allocates more money for military ‘defense’ then the next ten militarized nations combined.) No foreign country or no terrorist group is ever going to have boots on the ground in the
. United States
We are, however, vulnerable to limited target attacks by fanatical fundamentalist similar to what we experienced on 9-11. Populated areas in a major city, government buildings in D.C. and even sports venues similar to the Boston Marathon could be targeted and result in mass casualties; but this would not put the Nation at risk.
There are two scenarios that are real and dangerous, and these seem to be ignored by our government representatives and the press:
First is the possibility of one or more nuclear weapons exploding inside the continental
. United States
This would not be an attack from a foreign nation, but from mismanagement of our own nuclear weapons program.
The men who guard our intercontinental ballistic fleet have the most boring job in the world. It is like being dressed for a party but never invited. Every day they lock themselves in a bunker with antiquated electronic equipment and wait for the word to launch warheads sitting atop missiles, some of which are fifty years old.
Their computers are so old and outdated that launch commands and system checks are downloaded from floppy disk. What could possibly go wrong?
The second, but no less a threat, would be a terrorist attack on our aged and outdated electrical grid. This would bring our Nation to a halt. A nationwide blackout would be disastrous.
Think of life without electricity: no lights, no heat or air conditioning, food spoiling, stores closed, banks closed - no electronic financial activities, no air travel, no trains, no subways; no TV or radio and no cell phone communication – internet – facebook – twitter…(hell, everyone under thirty would probably commit suicide.)
All us old people – my generation – would probably get along just fine during this second scenario, but everyone else would be traumatized.
So, what can we do to prepare? My plan for survival is to take over and defend the local liquor store.
Red wine and whiskey are fine unrefrigerated and I could get use to warm beer.