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  • Does Time Magazine Know That Iran Exists?

    Time’s Mark Thompson has a breezy item up attacking “the hawkish” Heritage Foundation for “pathetic” “cowering” in the shadow of an “exaggerated” “potential threat.” Our crime? Trying to raise awareness about the possibility that a single electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack could send the entire eastern seaboard dark. Thompson writes:

    The Cold War gave us warnings of missile and bomber gaps, later found to be largely mirages, that were supposedly leaving U.S. citizens vulnerable to Soviet attack. Fear of the supposed Soviet missile advantage spurred President Ronald Reagan’s Star Wars initiative and the $100 billion Washington has spent preparing to counter incoming enemy missiles even as the Soviet Union disappeared.

    Maybe Thompson didn’t get the memo, but Reagan’s Star Wars program has been an immense success that both President Barack Obama and his Defense Secretary Robert Gates say is a cornerstone of out national security. In the February 2010 Ballistic Missile Defense report, Secretary Robert Gates writes:

    The protection of the United States from the threat of ballistic missile attack is a critical national security priority. The threat to our deployed military forces and to our allies and partners is growing rapidly. This threat has significant implications for our ability to project power abroad, to prevent and deter future conflicts, and to prevail should deterrence fail.

    And why is Thompson so infatuated with Russia? Is he unaware that North Korea and Iran both have rapidly developing ballistic missile programs? And that North Korea already has nuclear weapons and that Iran, according to a CIA report released today,  is close to having nuclear weapons capabilities? Read Thompson’s article it doesn’t mention Iran or North Korea once. Apparently Thompson believes it is best to just keep your head in the sand in pretend these threats don’t exist.

    Heritage fellow James Carafano explains just one way Iran could use their existing ballistic missile technology to inflict a devastating EMP attack on the United States:

    Iran’s Shahab-3, an advanced Scud variant, seems capable of traveling 1,000 kilometers and carrying as much as a 10-kiloton warhead. It couldn’t reach Washington from Tehran, but then, it wouldn’t have to. Iran could easily extend the missile’s reach simply by moving it to a commercial freighter and firing it from nearby using an improvised vertical launch tube disguised as cargo.

    In many ways, Scud in a bucket is the ultimate weapon. It could sail close to U.S. waters without being subject to inspection by the Coast Guard or Customs. The enemy could fire the missile and scuttle the ship, leaving no record of who launched the attack.

    If Iran has one missile and nuclear weapon, it might have two. It could detonate one over New York in a low-altitude air burst that would kill up to a half-million and cripple Manhattan forever.

    Iran could fire a second at high altitude over the mid-Atlantic states, creating an electro-magnetic pulse that would take down a large portion of the national grid and plunge Washington, D.C., into permanent darkness.

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    8 Responses to Does Time Magazine Know That Iran Exists?

    1. J.C. Hughes, Texas says:

      Mark Thompson is simply unappreciative. He sounds like most liberal thinkers I know who are reactive rather than proactive. They totally lack imaginative situational awareness preferring instead to take action as actual events occur. By the time they hear KABOOM!, however, it's far too late to make much difference.

    2. Ben C. Ann Arbor, MI says:

      Personally I would rather die from a nuclear attack than suffer the consequences of an EMP. My Dad is a nuclear physicist who worked on the Star Wars program when he was director of the nuclear department for Bendix Areospace in Ann Arbor Michigan. He is a great resource for this discussion. The end point: imagine your world devoid of all devices run by electricity – for decades. Instant transforamtion to the Stone Age. Need I say more?

    3. Lloyd Scallan - New says:

      Time Magazine is just another in the long list of Obama supporting, left-wing

      publications. The entire national news print media continues to shed readers by the thousands but, like Obama, they have a socialist agenda. Time Magazine, like others, will destroy their history because they know Obama will support their survial with our tax dollars.

    4. Duane Phinney Pensac says:

      Time's track record speaks for itself. In the 1930s they were huge cheerleaders of National Socialism in Europe and great supporters of Mussolini and it just goes downhill from there.

    5. Tim AZ says:

      Too late Washington DC has been in darkness now for over a year. Evil doesn't do well in the light of day.

    6. Spiritof76, NH says:

      Time Magazine would do well by environment by going out of business. We certainly won't miss much of any noteworthy information and we can save a corner of a forest. I suggest April 24 (Earth Day) to close the magazine as a commomoration of the mother Earth.

    7. Drew Page, IL says:

      Love him or hate him, Ronald Reagan and his "Star Wars" missle defense system is what forced the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Soviets simply did not have the money to compete with the "Star Wars" system. It was the beginning of the end of the Cold War, followed by the removal of the Berlin Wall and the ultimate reunification of Germany.

      Now there are varying opinions on how the U.S. should defend itself, ranging from complete unilateral disarmament to pre-emptive nuclear first strikes against any perceived threats. I believe that most rational people believe that the appropriate answer lies somewhere in between these two positions.

      It would be nice, as Rodney King suggested, if we could all just get along. It would be nice if the military weren't necessary. It would be nice if police forces weren't necessary. It would be nice if there were no bullies and everyone said please and thank you. But as Al Capone once said, "you can get farther in this world with a kind word and a gun, that with a kind word alone." And because of this unfortunate point of view, people find it necessary to provide for the defense of themselves and their families.

      • Johnny says:

        It's true that peace is achieved through superior force. The issue is who has the superior force. I hear many people talking bad about the USA even some American Citizens living here. My opinion is if you hate the way the USA is then move to a country where you like it and raise your family there. I was born here and both my parents are immigrants and if my country happens to be the strongest country then I am for it. It is that strength that gives me the freedom I enjoy now. I'm not a warmonger but I will defend my home to the utmost.

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