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Saturday, November 14. 2009
Arab states never really worried about
Investors Daily lays out one scenario, a nuclear attack within the
It need not even go that far. The Bush administration was not as stalwart as it could have been in facing these emerging new world orderers, but it tried. The Obama administration, by dangerous contrast, in its dithering, its weakened resolve to confront, its self-abandonment of deterrence and direct counters, is actually encouraging, in result aiding, the hastening of the new hostile, dangerous to the US, world order that will favor international thugs in Beijing, Moscow, Tehran, Pyongyang, Caracas, and a lengthening list of other capitals. Obama’s actions harming allies, while favoring or bowing before enemies, are part of this self-isolation, self-neuterization by the
It is an interesting subject for debate whether this Obama self-defeat march comes from ideology or from incompetence or from ignorance, or their relative proportions. The consequences are the same: the neutering of the
Be afraid. Be very afraid. Be aware, and more determined than ever to slow and halt this self-destruction in the elections of 2010 and 2012. Start by demanding that potential Republican challengers are informed and resolute, and don’t ignore the saner Democrats. We’re all in this together.
Editor's comment: As Kudlow says, this is just one part of the administration's larger defeatist, declinist approach to everything: economics, trade, business, the military, international affairs, American values, American world leadership, etc. A deliberate attempt to downsize, if not damage, America. I think the O believes in himself - but not in us.
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"Neither Russia nor China, nor Iran, nor other hostile countries are comfortable with the dominance of world power held by the United States."
Nor should they be!
I mean this in the purely objective sense of the [i] Prime Law of International Politics [\i]: sovereign states act in their own national interest first.
Yeah, sure would be nice to have a President of the US who acts in our national interests.
A nuclear attack on the USA will most certainly be a test of national character. I have no idea how we would respond.
So, when do you think the revolution is coming? I'm serious; Americans won't stay asleep forever. And they won't go down without a fight.
JJM - You're correct that they 'shouldn't be comfortable' with America's dominance, but there's a big difference between "being comfortable with" and taking proactive steps that could ultimately spell the end of mankind.
BK - One thing in the linked-to article that surprised me was his not mentioning an EMP attack. Why suffer world condemnation for killing perhaps hundreds of thousands of people when an EMP attack would accomplish pretty much the same thing without a single loss of life?
Plus, it would be a lot easier to light one of those babies off at 30,000 feet in some rented cargo plane than actually trying to smuggle it into NYC or WDC. While there are mitigating factors (blood lust and vengeance, e.g.), I think an EMP attack is the more likely of the two. What say you?
Speaking of 9/11, you know what the really sad thing is about that day? One turn of a knob and it all could have been prevented. Discounting the pilots folding like a bad poker hand when confronted with such a formidable weapon as box-cutters, all they had to do when trouble arose was slip on their oxygen masks and lower the cabin pressure. Everyone else on the plane would have been asleep within seconds.
Re EMP attack: I read an article somewhere, where people with a much stronger grasp of physics and mathematics than I said that the results of an EMP attack are highly problematic. You might be able to score a knockout over a small region, perhaps a couple of hundred miles across, but getting the entire USA was not likely. I wish I could point you to the article Doc, but I just can't remember where I saw it.
Doc: Don't forget that Chinese and Russian hackers are constantly probing our defense and commercial computer systems, developing ways to cripple or sabotage them. They are, also, even larger practicers of espionage than during the Cold War, to ferret out our secrets and vulnerabilities.
And, what do we have? Obama likes to Twitter!
FM - We might be thinking of the same article. There was one floating around a few weeks ago, possibly on the WSJ editorial page. I believe you're correct, the effective range is only a few hundred miles, but "only" is immaterial if it's set off on the outskirts of NYC and WDC.
Worse, it doesn't even have to be a very sophisticated bomb to do the damage. Did you happen to read Tom Clancy's "The Sum of All Fears"?
Believe it or not I haven't read any Clancy, so it will be easy to do as you suggest. As for the EMP attack, you are quite right about the efficacy IF it works as intended. My understanding is that there hasn't been enough research done to know for sure how effective an EMP would be. Given that, an EMP attack becomes a roll of the dice. Could be hugely or only marginally successful. We just don't know. But I am no expert. I am just regurgitating what I have gleaned from the internet.
BK - The biggest problem with digital terrorism is figuring out who the enemy is in the first place. There's a pretty decent flick called "Untraceable" where the FBI deals with the issue, hence the name of the movie. While we can backtrack a bouncing IP address here in the U.S., once it goes overseas the servers aren't any more accessible to the FBI than they are to you or me.
And, of course, a really smart enemy would route it through an obvious culprit, like North Korea, so when the FBI finally got back that far, they'd be thinking, "Ah-ha! Found you!" and drop the search.
Oh, as far as this goes:
"Obama likes to Twitter!"
Well, take heart. At least he can only help the enemy 140 characters at a time. :)
It is made more difficult to control by Obama agreeing to
"share" control of domain naming, and to "share" technology even easier than before, and Cisco and Intel and Yahoo exporting servers and software that aids despotic states to control their entry points into the Internet while they stifle their peoples, and all the other nice internationalists who think it's a good idea to give away or profiteer from US inventiveness by weakening the US' defenses. -- But, we still have an NSA and some others left in the US to help protect us. The "internationalists", i.e. in this case the domestic Left, are working hard to cripple them as well, as their comrades at the NYTs publish our secrets.
OR......How does this one make you feel?
There have been rumblings in the past few month's. Most are hoping this isn't true.
Perhaps someone here can collect & research more data.