Skip to comments.American Hiroshima
Posted on 12/04/2005 12:37:04 PM PST by mgiorgino
First call, first call to Colors.
Lieutenant Commander Thomas Carter stood at attention on the flight deck of USS RONALD REAGAN. He waited in silent anticipation for the first strains of the Star Spangled Banner, the signal for the petty officers of the watch to begin raising the extra large flag, only displayed on Sundays and holidays.
Tom loved weekend dutya heart-pumping bike ride up the Strand, bounding up to the Quarterdeck (Good morning, Sir!), shower, uniform, coffee, Quarters and then observing Colorsthat bright, broad and magnificent flag rising over the blue-green water of San Diego Bay under the sleek arch of the Coronado Bridge.
A spark of light caught his eye, low, just outside the oil containment boom between the REAGAN and the aircraft carrier NIMITZ. Its a little early for pleasure craft to be sightseeing, he thought, but not so unusual, I guess, with three carriers at North Islandquite a sight since USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN pulled in yesterday for a short visit.
Tom saw a large, bearded man dressed in white stand up in the boat. He appeared to be shaking his fistshouting somethingjumping up and down . . . and then a BLINDING FLASH . . .
The fireball soared thousands of feet above the harbor, fueled by the near simultaneous explosion of the three carriers, each contributing nearly one million gallons of jet propulsion fuel and thousands of pounds of bombs.
The blast instantly leveled the Naval Air Station and the village of Coronado. The bridge collapsed into rubble. A tidal wave capsized or grounded the fleet at 32nd Street Naval Station. Every tall building in San Diego from the Manchester Grand Hyatt to Symphony Towers tumbled like childrens blocks. Fires roared up Broadway and into Mission Valley and beyond.
Sleeper cells destroyed three carefully selected bridges on Interstates 5, 8, and 15, cutting off virtually all escape to the north or east for many days as a cloud of radioactive water, fuel, and debris slowly drifted inland. Thousands died while attempting to escape south across the International Border, after being denied entry by Mexican armed forces.
The atomic explosion in Washington incinerated the White House and Capital within seconds, instantly killing the President, Vice President, most of the Cabinet, Supreme Court, and Congressional leadership. Hellfire erupted at Times Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, the Sears Tower in Chicago, and in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Omaha, Pittsburgh, and near the carrier piers at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia.
In all, more than four million Americans died that day, including more than two million children. Eight million more were burned, blinded, crippled, or fell grievously ill. Over half of those exposed to the radioactive fallout downwindanother 15 million peoplewould be dead within five years.
Those who survived discovered that Osama Bin Laden had purchased twenty nuclear warheads (1 10 kilotons each) from Chechen mobsters in exchange for $30 million in cash and two tons of opium. Al-Qaeda agents bribed the Mexican mafia to create a diversion with a series of violent cross-border confrontations with American Border Patrol Agents. During the confusion, the bomb crates were carried across the sparsely protected border to waiting trucks.
Fate chose the Treasury Secretary to be the cabinet member kept safe in a secure location during a cabinet meeting hastily called by President Bush to address the massing of Chinese forces in the Taiwan Straits. Thus, John Snow, fifth in line of succession, was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States.
President Snow addressed the nation, declaring, Our darkest fears have come to pass. Millions of Americans lie dead and dying. Our cities burn. More than half of our Navy is destroyed. As I speak, foreign opportunists are aggressively attacking American forces around the globe. Our people, our way of life, our very freedom is in the gravest of danger. After September 11, we naively believed that the pursuit of terror abroad would keep us safe while we turned our heads and ignored thousands of strangers streaming across our borders every day. Our luck finally ran out.
Therefore, I vow to you, as God is my witness: We will finally do whatever is necessary to secure our borders!
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Mike Giorgino is a retired Navy Surface Warfare Commander and a Gulf War Veteran. He was a Republican candidate for Congress (CA-51st) in 2004, www.Giorgino4Congress.com. He now lives in Coronado and practices law in San Diego. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With any luck, the CIA has been for some time fielding
units pretending to be Russian mobsters selling nukes.
In addition to not actually being working nukes, such
devices could have all sorts of benefits.
Al Q has to suspect this, which means they need to buy
multiple devices, and actually test one. Haven't seen
any suspicious seismic reports lately.
I'd expect the nukes to come through Canada. I imagine it would be much easier that way.
This nightmare scenario is something we all have been aware of for a loooooong time here in California.
And keep in mind those carriers have reactors themselves in them. We had THREE all moored at the same time next to each other once.
I have a buddy who is an Air Force intelligence office and very deep in the world of nuclear weapons. When I asked him about a similar scenario where the Iranians had deployed numerous weapons to our cities, he replied, "Don't lose any sleep over it".
Whether or not that means they have ways of tracking the emissions from these types of weapons, I don't know. But he was adamant in his reply of don't worry.
It wouldn't be prudent.
(I live around the "B" in Bay on the picture.)
plenty of land here in Podunk
All they need to do is to smuggle in enough fissionable material to create a "gun type" crude atom bomb here in the USA.
Two sub-critical chunks are fired at each other in a piece of a howitzer barrel. Results guaranteed--ask anybody who was in Hiroshima.
I think it's more likely the material would be smuggled into the USA (well shielded of course) in a cargo container.
since when are islamonazis expected to be prudent?
I'm moving to Podunk next year.
My sailboat (Escape Pod One) is located just to the right of the little copyright (c).
You teach them prudence the same way you teach mosquitoes not to bite.
I *do* like enduring lessons of that sort
well, if ever you get near my area of Podunkia, let me know.
I'll bring the porch and the beer.
"The Little Boy type of bomb, which was dropped on Hiroshima, had a much simpler design than the Fat Man model that had been tested at Trinity. Little Boy triggered a nuclear explosion, rather than implosion, by firing one piece of uranium 235 into another. When enough U235 is brought together, the resulting fission chain reaction can produce a nuclear explosion. But the critical mass must be assembled very rapidly; otherwise, the heat released at the start of the reaction will blow the fuel apart before most of it is consumed. To prevent this inefficient pre-detonation, the uranium bomb uses a gun to fire one piece of U235 down the barrel into another. The bomb's gun-barrel shape was believed to be unquestionably reliable and had never been tested. In fact, testing was out of the question since producing Little Boy had used all of the purified U235 produced to date; therefore, no other bomb like it has ever been built.
"Detonated by a mechanism that resembled a cannon, Little Boy had a muzzle or target that was a hollowed-out subcritical mass of uranium. The cannon ball was another subcritical mass of uranium, which fit perfectly into the hollow of the target as a plug. The plug was propelled down the cannon barrel by several thousand pounds of high explosive. When it hit, the combination of compression and increased mass pushed the uranium to the supercritical level and the bomb went off."
Do ya know this author ?
A typical "Minuteman" story, and a risible joke.
The reason why the Qaedists think of attacking us with nuclear weapons, but will stay their hand, is rather simple: once you attack the United States with the Big One, all bets are off-there is no level of diplomatic restraint that would keep us from responding in overwhelming kind. The Air Force intel guy is right: don't lose sleep over this.
Qaeda doesn't have the personnel to maintain complicated nuclear weapons. The Iranians do, and they'd be first on the Hit Parade were they to peddle nukes to Qaeda. Only they wouldn't. Major powers don't invest billions in uranium enrichment and then give the product of that investment to some damn Saudi playboy. The Iranians are interested in playing Judenrein with the Shahad 3 missile and have their own plans for the Jews. I'm sure the feelings are mutual from the Israelis, btw.
The notion among liberals that America would do nothing because we have no "address" to respond to is a risible joke. Several tens of millions of Muslims, probably upwards to 100 million, would be dead after the first couple of waves of American retaliatory strikes. Vast reaches of the Islamic heartland would be as desert-uninhabitable wasteland. Bin Laden would have achieved his dream: the 9th Century restored. But the Islamic World as it is today would cease to exist.
Contrary to what a lot of you people on FreeRepublic believe, democracies are not suicide pacts. Democracies and Republics are capable of the most ruthless and violent action when time comes to survive in the face of the Other. That's what many don't realize, especially in the Islamic World.
However, bin Laden is an intelligent man, despite the fanaticism he uses to gull his credulous followers. He knows better than to cross the Rubicon.
Be Seeing You,
I agree, if they had them, they'd have used them. OTOH, they could get a hold of sufficient pile at some point in time, and would use it thereafter.
No idea who the author. Probably some book author peddling his thriller. You know how those guys can be.
Yeah, and with no return address, and no claim of responsibility, you actually think we're going to just nuke every large city the islamic world. Now THAT idea is a "risible joke."
LMAO......Ya have a point there......:o)
Hopefully the first order given by the new president was for the Atomic retaliation/total incinceration of the appropriate islaomofacist supporting countries.
Now, that is a "risible joke" (sic).
Sadly, you underestimate your own people.
In the wake of an atomic attack of such a nature as described in the above fantasy, the choice given to the surviving American administration would simply be this: Us or Them?
We would choose us. It's that simple. What makes you believe otherwise? It would simply be a matter of the survival of the American state as a national entity. When did you start thinking like a liberal?
When atomic weapons are used as instruments of mass terror, the point is understood that two can play at that game. It's that simple. The notion of legalisms cease when mass killing begins. Or haven't you read The Peloponneasian War yet? Athens and Sparta existed as Allies against Persia and fought with each other from time to time in ritualistic, seasonal combat. However, once the Peloponneasian War began, notions of restraint fell away (viz: Athens' barbarism towards Melos). When nuclear weapons are used against the American people, restraint will go out the window.
Restraint falls away when survival is at stake. That's what you don't understand.
Most of what is understood as the Islamic heartland would simply cease to exist. Don't believe me if you don't wish to, but those Americans who did survive would expect some sort of retaliation in response. And they would get it. You may not believe this, but our leaders tend to be just as American as you. They were born here too, you know.
Bin Laden is not mad. He is rational. He is a fanatic, like Hitler. That will be his undoing. All fanatics undo themselves in the end.
Be Seeing You,
We have been screaming about this for YEARS yet for political reasons both the GOP and the 'Rats have pretended that the Titanic was just fine.
With any luck, they have agents out pretending to be terrorists trying to buy them, too.
Except for the paragraph that began, "Tom loved duty weekend" - NOBODY likes duty weekend - it is all too plausible.
If this scenario came to pass, nuclear weapons would be raining down on Arabic countries.
Correct. The War Against Islam would begin in earnest.
It would be an atomic war.
I feel there would be a war launched against all of Islam.
> The Little Boy type of bomb, which was dropped on
> Hiroshima ... The bomb's gun-barrel shape was believed
> to be unquestionably reliable and had never been tested.
Yes, but we knew it was real Uranium.
U235 gun-bombs are indeed very simple, but they are
also not compact. And the hard part is preparing the
fissile material. Spoofing buyers for complete weapons
is still relatively easy to do.
That might be the scariest line in the whole scenario! ;)
The Titanic isn't just fine????
And where would the President order our hydrogen bombs to be dropped, after a "no return address" atom bomb attack inside of the USA? Please name the specific targets.
Exactly. Just hide the uranium in a load of coke.
If the Iranian lunatics pass "real" uranium to terrorists, the rest is not rocket science. The bomb itself can be prepared in the target country. Remember, the avowed goal of the current Iranian leadership is to sow maximum chaos and panic through the world, because Allah will intercede to make the world Islamic. I am not joking, do a little reading and you will find out this is 100% true. He's not joking either when he says he plans to "wipe Israel off the map." He's serious, dead serious, as serious as Hitler was in Mein Kampf.
> If the Iranian lunatics pass "real" uranium to
> terrorists, the rest is not rocket science.
Indeed, but that's not what I was talking about.
If the perps are buying complete weapons from "Russians",
they are easy to spoof.
Iran is a problem no matter what their plans for any
bombs they make.
Nuke Islam and the 'downwinders' might have their own say about it. The feces could really load up the rotary air shifter then.
No doubt there is a war plan for this somewhere, but with Global economic implications and oil producing regions involved, I doubt it includes the wholesale nuking of Southern Asia and the Middle East.
Got be a very nice area, Travis. I spent quite a bit of time around there when my company was looking at some aerospace & defense acquisitions. We were looking at GD Space Systems Division and a few others around there. Usually stayed at the Hyatt Islandia, a very accomodating hotel with bay/ocean view rooms.
I'm currently about five minutes north of that Hyatt.
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