Did Perry and Obama get together and plan this terrorists temptation?
Assuming a detonation at optimum height, a 9 megaton blast would result in a fireball some 4 to 5 kilometers (2.5 to 3 miles) in diameter. The radiated heat would be sufficient to cause lethal burns to any unprotected person within 28.7 kilometers (17.8 mi) (995 square miles). Blast effects would be sufficient to collapse most residential and industrial structures within a 14.9-kilometer (9.3 mi) radius (300 square miles); within 5.7 kilometers (3.5 mi) virtually all above-ground structures would be destroyed and blast effects would inflict near 100% fatalities. Within 4.7 kilometers (2.9 mi) a 500 rem dose of ionizing radiation would be received by the average person, sufficient to cause a 50% to 90% casualty rate independent of thermal or blast effects at this distance.
Gee, if terrorist broke in and steal this weapon, what would they do with it?
posted on 10/25/2011 8:33:31 AM PDT
(It's simple, fight or die!)
Lessee, when I attended the US Army school for Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Warfare (oh so many eons ago in the 1980s) the instructor gave us notes on the detonation of a 25 megaton warhead -- to the tune of: "Imagine a freight train loaded with 25 MILLION tons of TNT, traveling past a fixed point at 50mph. Such a train would take eight HOURS to pass that point at that speed. That translates out to a train that would stretch about the distance from Miami, Florida to Baltimore, Maryland in unbroken length. Now imagine all of that going up at once!"
But we have no real need for those city busters in our inventory. Why use them, especially on an OPEC nation and irradiate all that oil for so long a time period? Why not just pull out the NEUTRON BOMB and vaporize all animal and human flesh with the residual radiation dissipating within four days or so? We can walk in and take over any country like it was brand new and uninhabited. Why not? Oh yeah, Jimmeh "The PEANUT" Cartah made us take that handy little device out of the inventory back when HE was the worst POTUS in history!
posted on 10/25/2011 1:24:55 PM PDT
("Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil: It has no point.")
It’s in the middle of Texas, surrounded by men with gatling guns in a secured and mined facility with a fail-deadly.
On top of that, it’s surrounded by thousands and thousands of armed Texans who have nothing better to do than shoot terrorists. Probably not going to happen, dude.
posted on 10/25/2011 10:04:56 PM PDT
(Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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