Americans tend to think their country is invulnerable to devastating, catastrophic attack – despite Pearl Harbor, despite 9/11 and despite the recent mega-hack of the entire personnel database of the federal government.
After all, we have a great military machine that can project force anywhere in the world when necessary. Our soldiers are fearless. They fight in the air, on land, in the sea and in darkness better than any others in the world. We have sophisticated weapons and technology on our side.
But what if the big attack on America is one in which our military can’t defend us at all?
More and more, that seems not only like a possibility, but a probability.
In fact, we’ve seen some dress rehearsals for this kind of war recently.
What this means is that enemies are prepared, willing and able to exploit vulnerabilities of our civilian government infrastructure to avoid a direct head-on confrontation with our strength – our fighting forces.
It has come recently in the form of a devastating, albeit limited, cyber-attack by China in which this privileged trading partner and recipient of hundreds of billions in direct U.S. government aid exploited Washington’s negligent, virtually non-existent digital security policies to score perhaps the biggest intelligence asset in the history of the world – the names, addresses, Social Security numbers and background information on every single U.S. government employee, civilian and military, in the U.S.
It was a breathtaking and astonishing attack, albeit, given the U.S. government’s sheer incompetence, it was more like a surrender than an ingenious triumph by an enemy.
It’s not comforting to realize the U.S. power grid is vulnerable to a similar kind of cyber-attack. If that one were successful, it would mean darkness and starvation for millions of Americans – plunging an interdependent technology-based nation into an 18th-century existence overnight.
That could happen today … tomorrow … the day after.
And that’s hardly the only threat that could be the undoing of America as the superpower of the world.
The same kind of results could be achieved with one well-placed nuclear explosion high above America’s heartland. It would not be hard to do for a rogue nation like China or Iran or North Korea. In fact, it would not be out of the question for a non-state player like al-Qaida or ISIS or Hezbollah to conduct such a catastrophic electro-magnetic pulse attack on the U.S. At least some of those enemies are known to be rehearsing such plans by detonating payloads at high altitudes.
If you have any doubts about the efficacy of such plans, just read Michael Maloof’s “A Nation Forsaken.” Ask yourself: Why wouldn’t an enemy of America do this? If you were trying to destroy America, wouldn’t you?
Most Americas are completely oblivious to just how shaky the foundations of their existence really are – thanks almost entirely to the U.S. government’s apparent chosen preference to subject its citizens to losing everything.
Why do I put it that way? Because there is no other plausible explanation. The U.S. government is at once obsessed with protecting its citizens from the phantom threat of “climate change,” for which there is no evidence and no imminent threat, while refusing to harden its infrastructure against an EMP attack or to simply use best practices against hacking.
And those are not the only vulnerabilities the U.S. government is leaving wide open or, put another way, inviting catastrophic, endgame-style attack on the mainland.
Think about the border.
It’s not just Americans who are dying today in horrible ways at the hands of illegal aliens. The very presence of those illegal aliens in this country shows how open our country is to enemies who would do far worse than rape, pillage, plunder and murder us.
The very same border and immigration system vulnerabilities that invite millions of illegal aliens into the country also welcome terrorist enemies.
In fact, if you think about it, our greatest enemy may well be our own negligent, incompetent, delinquent, derelict federal government.
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