Obama dallies with digital delivery details and ignores serious threat to the nation

The problem with Obama isn’t just that he can’t solve problems, but that he can’t figure out what the real problems are.

Like when he called ISIS the JV team.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Obama is attacking government problems with a U.S. Digital Service — a sort of SWAT team of “our country’s brightest digital talent”— who will now roam the electronic passages of government spreading “best practices” and “customer-focused government” with “exceptional service delivery.”

Never mind that the problem isn’t corrupt data, but corrupt bureaucrats who created those phony VA waiting lists and lost Lois Lerner’s emails and botched the ObamaCare rollout.

But nearby that WSJ editorial is a column that points out how, while Obama is focusing on a gnat, he is ignoring an anvil that could fall at any time — electromagnetic pulse.

James Woolsey, chairman of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a former director of the CIA, and Peter Pry,  author of “Electric Armageddon,” point out the damage EMP could cause and how easy and cheap it would be to avoid the problem.

Pry previously testified before Congress that an EMP event could wipe out 90 percent of America’s population by interrupting the electronics on which we depend for food, water, power, hospitals and transportation.

All it would take is for some lunatic rogue nation or even a terrorist to detonate a relatively small nuclear device in the atmosphere over the heartland of America. It would release an electromagnetic pulse that would virtually shut down all technology. Or it could be from a natural event such as a solar flare like the 1859 Carrington Event or 1921 Railroad Storm.

What to do, Woolsey and Pry ask? And answer:

Surge arrestors, faraday cages and other devices that prevent EMP from damaging electronics, as well micro-grids that are inherently less susceptible to EMP, have been used by the Defense Department for more than 50 years to protect crucial military installations and strategic forces. These can be adapted to protect civilian infrastructure as well. The cost of protecting the national electric grid, according to a 2008 EMP Commission estimate, would be about $2 billion — roughly what the U.S. gives each year in foreign aid to Pakistan.

Obama has signed an executive order to guard “critical infrastructure” against cyberattacks, but has expressed no concern about the rest of our vulnerable infrastructure.

But a year ago, Rep. Trent Franks, R., Ariz., and Rep. Yvette Clark, D., N.Y., introduced the Secure High-voltage Infrastructure for Electricity from Lethal Damage — the Shield Act, of course. But the bill is stalled in committee.

Obama blathers about digital delivery but ignores a serious threat that could be so cheaply eliminated.

“What is lacking in Washington is a sense of urgency,” the article concludes. “Lawmakers and the administration need to move rapidly to build resilience into our electric grid and defend against an EMP attack that could deliver a devastating blow to the U.S. economy and the American people.”

Radius of EMP effect from a nuclear weapon detonated 300 miles above Nebraska.

 

24 comments on “Obama dallies with digital delivery details and ignores serious threat to the nation

  1. Athos says:

    What’s it gonna take for people to begin to realize that all of this is by design? “Rules for Radicals”, Pinocchio’s tutorial book, should be required reading by all voting adults.

    It’s not a conspiracy anymore. No tin foil hats required. Pinocchio and his minions are no longer trying to hide this “fundamental transformation” of our country into

    1) a North American Union

    and then

    2) One World Government

  2. Rincon says:

    Why is this all about Obama? The press and the Internet ignore it and Congress has yet to comment or act on the study that it commissioned, but somehow, it’s the President’s job to use the bully pulpit for this purpose. Any kind of protection would have to be funded by Congress. Private enterprise is free to harden it’s own systems. Don’t tell me you think that the free market would fail in this endeavor..

  3. nyp says:

    Hey – can some of those militia guys with their assault weapons over at the Bundy Ranch drive over to Missouri to help another group of citizens being beseiged and shot by law enforcement authorities? Much appreciated.

  4. Who is besieged? The people or the cops?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Why is this about Pinocchio? He’s the point man for the communist take-over of America. Funny how so many of you democrats no longer eschew the socialist label, eh petey?
    You notice that too, Rin?

  6. Anonymous says:

    And petey, Mo. just illustrates how some cultures live by a different set of morals than normally associated with traditional American standards, doesn’t it?

    With our non existent immigration enforcement, this madness is coming to a neighborhood near you!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Who is besieged, Mr. Mitchell — the BLM officers or the militia guys with the assault rifles?

  8. Anonymous says:

    Athos – so you think that people in st Louis don’t have “traditional American morals.”

    How gross of you

  9. Anonymous says:

    petey, it doesn’t surprise me that a good little commie (like yourself) views looting and rioting as traditional values.

    Just another form of “spread the wealth”, isn’t it?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Just like you view shooting unarmed civilians and using military equipment against peaceful demonstrators to be tradition values

  11. Anonymous says:

    “Unarmed”?

    “Peaceful demonstrators”?

    Whatchu talk in’ bout, Willis?

    Oh yeah, lying is one of the Democrats core principles. I forgot!

  12. Anonymous says:

    I guess you guys don’t have any objection if the people in Ferguson start walking around with assault rifles. Just exercising their Second Amendment rights, right?

  13. Anonymous says:

    So Mr. Mitchell – you have any problem with the arrest last night of two journalists trying to do their jobs?

  14. The facts are still out on that.

  15. Anonymous says:

    No, they aren’t. Read Wes Lowrey’s account of his detention in today’s Washington Post.

  16. Steve says:

    The incidents in St. Louis and Bunkerville are in no way, the same.
    But this would figure coming from one of today’s conflating libby element.

  17. Anonymous says:

    What’s your fearless leader say ’bout that, petey?

    You going against your “Chosen One”?

  18. Anonymous says:

    You are correct that they are not the same. In Nevada, the authorities did not shoot an unarmed man multiple times. In St Louis, no one confronted the authorities with assault rifles and other firearms.

  19. That is Lowrey’s account.

  20. Steve says:

    Perhaps a little counter armament was called for, Nyp?

    And we have come full circle, back to YOUR first plea for help. How about that, they ARE able to learn from their mistakes!

  21. Anonymous says:

    Your depth of your commitment to protecting journalists attempting to report the news without fear or favor is remarkable.

  22. Steve says:

    The LAST thing this country needs is more (or any) government created and required “first amendment areas”!

    You ARE coming along nicely!

  23. Nyp says:

    Those untrustworthy, unreliable newspaper reporters.

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