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.”