The biggest news of the past few days is this: North Korea finally launched a missile that can reach the United States. Trump has a serious problem.
But it’s not simply that the missile can hit us. Plenty of countries can do that, and we can hit them back. The weapons keep the peace.
No, the real problem here is what North Korea could do with their new US-reaching missile. We’ve written about it before, and now the problem looks much worse – because Kim Jong-un might be able to take out the power grid for all of North America.
Which is much worse than a single missile.
On Wednesday’s Breitbart News Daily, Center for Security Policy President Frank Gaffney joined SiriusXM host Alex Marlow to discuss dictator Kim Jong-un’s test launch of what may be North Korea’s first true intercontinental ballistic missile.
“As we’ve discussed before, one of the things that worries me the most about the North Koreans is they have been beavering away at, it appears, a technique called electromagnetic pulse attacks.”
Such attacks do not require precision targeting, miniaturized nuclear warheads, or reentry shielding, which seem to be areas where North Korean technology remains lacking.
Instead, an EMP attack could be carried out with “a single nuclear weapon…they could conceivably take down the electric grid of the United States, and with it our country,” he warned. “That’s the worrying threat to me, irrespective of the length of the missile’s range.”
You may have heard the name Gaffney before. He worked with Reagan to fight the Cold War during the 80s, and has since been trying to warn the US of this particular danger. But not many have been listening.
And, to be clear, Gaffney doesn’t have an easy solution. But he knows full and well that difficult solutions are better than no solutions at all.
“None of [these solutions] are without risk, and let me be clear about that. This is a dangerous situation that has only become more so because we’ve hoped it would go away.”
“We’ve hoped others like the Chinese would help us before now. That hasn’t happened. It isn’t going to happen going forward.”
“I think that we should be neutralizing those satellites, not simply allowing them to continue to operate in ways that could prove to be devastating to us.”
“And not least, I think we’ve got to be taking the sorts of steps to incentivize, shall we say, the Chinese to stop enabling this threat.”
Not easy solutions, and not perfect ones. But something, rather than nothing,
Maybe Trump will be the one to finally listen.