This goes about 20 minutes, and it’s worth blocking out the time to give it a look.
It’s from GBTV, and it’s Glenn Beck with Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy, retired Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin and CBN News’ Erick Stakelbeck discussing developments in the Middle East and Iran in particular, and the implications of those developments on national security and the economy.
You might need a drink after you’ve gone through it. Naturally, since this is Beck it’s perhaps overdramatic. On the other hand, maybe not – Gaffney raises the subject that if you’re Iran and you want to follow through on your rhetoric about how a world without America isn’t just desirable but achievable, maybe the best way to get that done is an EMP attack on the U.S.
In case you’re not familiar with what that is, if you explode a nuclear device at high altitude over an area, the resulting electromagnetic pulse from that device has the potential to knock out all electrical circuitry within a line-of-sight reach of the explosion. Meaning a big enough device at a high enough altitude could take out an entire region of the country and bring it back to 1860. Cars made after 1975 or so won’t run, computerized banking is wiped out, power grids go down, electronic devices are rendered useless. Tens of millions of people die not from a nuclear blast, but from exposure and starvation.
And as they note on the panel, here is Iran testing missiles which blow up in midair, and they’re not acting like that constitutes failure. Gaffney mentions that you don’t even need an ICBM to pull off one of these EMP attacks; you could put a missile on a ship, sail it close to our shores and light it off straight up in the air to take out the entire Southeast, or East Coast, or West Coast. Or maybe the whole country. The panel believes within the next year Iran might well have nuclear weapons capability, so this scenario isn’t far-fetched at all. It’s pretty likely.
There’s also an interesting discussion on who will end up leading this Islamic caliphate the Arab Spring seems intent on rebuilding.
It’s anything but uplifting; in fact, it will scare the bejesus out of you. But if you want to recognize what we face and how unprepared we currently are for it, you should have a look at this clip.