Skip to comments.Newt Gingrich: A Single Nuke Could Destroy America
Posted on 03/30/2009 10:21:04 AM PDT by Pellegrino
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remember when phony idiot said that even if we were attacked with nuclear weapons he would still not give the order to shoot back with nuclear
and while I just thought of it has anyone still asked him what exactly is this civilian security force .?
Maybe they will be keeping us safe through the peace corp phony keeps harping on about
North Korea is too late if they wanted to destroy America. We already elected Obama.
Report: Obama Offers to Scrap Missile Shield If Russia Cooperates on Iran
Only by default.
So, how expensive are these cages to build? Is it possible to retro-fit major buildings and services without costing more than we have? Wait, we’re broke, but assuming we had it to spend?
You know the old saying, fool me once.....
Why is everyone worried about North Korea? They can really launch anything and if their rocket does knock out some computers-we would vaporize North Korea with rockets from a submarine or even an old B-52, Even Obama would be forced to act if we are attacked. The N Koreans are just trying to get some bail out money. Nothing to worry about.
Regardless if it were Newt or anyone else that would make the statement, the threat is there, the concern is real, and the criticism is valid.
Don’t shoot the messenger.
An old fear is that some country would cause a USA-debilitating EMP by detonating a nuke about 300 miles over the country.
This has long been discounted as preposterously unworkable. No tinpot-dictator third-world terrorist nation could possibly pull it off.
‘cept now one is about ready to press the launch button.
Funny how when Newt points all this out, the dominant response is “shut up Newt!” What, exactly, is wrong with his expressed concern?
Remember during the campaign when Biden said (I paraphrase) "0bama will be tested early; his response may not seem the right thing to do - be patient with us"?
The problem I have with Newt Gingrich is that I can't trust him -- it's always a choice between Newt's narcissism; and the ideas he has, which aren't necessarily bad, but are often Newt-centric.
As this article suggeests, he's also become something of a bomb-thrower -- a sure indicator of that sorry descent into niche politics (see, e.g., Pat Buchanan and Tom Tancredo for other notable examples). The CRISIS is ALWAYS IN CAPITAL LETTERS (figuratively speaking, of course).
We’ve been had more times than a vietnamese whore.
Every time I see them jump for joy over some new face, then get thrown down to Earth AGAIN.
We could pull up some threads where many thought Steele was the 2nd coming.
SO desperate for leadership. I worry that Palin is just another one.
N Koreans..."they get bitter, they cling to guns or manifesto or quar'an or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."I did not know he was talking about them!!! ;)
He claims that a “small nuke” could cause all that damage.
He does not know much about EMP or what type of weapon causes it, or how that weapon is deployed.
If what he says is true, then Starfish Prime or Argus would have seriously impacted Hawai’i or the American East coast, respectively. Starfish was about 170 kt. There is still some controversy about the hundred or so streetlights that went out on the Big Island, but aside from pretty lights in the sky, there was no effect that the civilians were aware of.
Without getting into too much detail, it takes a pretty big thermonuclear device, popping off with the right characteristics, to get an ideal EMP effect. Not every old nuke will do. Placement is important, too, both X-Y and altitude.
Considering that he believes in AGW, I think he’s just repeating some inflammatory stuff he heard.
If you think about it, if the EMP device is coming in from orbit, there’s not a lot you can do about it. You’d need to know what it was in advance, and get it as it descends from 500 miles down to 60 miles at orbital speeds.
Sputnik was scary because we had nothing to counter. Eisenhower went on the air a year later with a nose cone for a ballistic missile, and baldly said we caould drop one anywhere, anytime, so the puny orbital Sputnik was not a threat considering our ability to retaliate.
Military systems are hardened, and submarines are protected from most EMP by being immersed in a conductive liquid. Our ability to retaliate with nukes will not depend on commercial telephone systems or car ignition systems. Just like in Ike’s day, we can drop lots of big nukes pretty much where and when we want.
Unbelievable isn't it.
Newt is correct. McCain’s campaign bombed and look what happened to the country!!!