Most are aware of the tense situation that exists between North Korea, South Korea, and the United States. You all probably know that Kim Jung-Un, the son of and successive dictator of deceased Kim Jung-Il is just as much of a power driven megalomaniac as his departed father. Everyone has heard the repeated threats of North Korea that they will visit the United States with a nuclear attack. Most of the time the big bad wolf is ignored, but there has to come a time with the law of averages and probability that he will not just huff and puff but actually blow the house down.
Let’s reiterate the weaknesses of the United States in this area. For years Congressional Committees (with such people as retired Representative Roscoe Bartlett, (R), Maryland, among others) have outspokenly declared Iranian and North Korean intentions to use an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) nuclear device against the United States. Such assertions were not “darts in the dark at the dartboard,” per se: they were bona fide assessments with plenty of U.S. military intelligence documentation to back them up. These intelligence assessments were augmented with captured documents that clearly state the intention of each nation to use an EMP against the United States.
The current U.S. posture versus such a weapon is lackadaisical, if not entirely nonexistent. Plans to protect and shield infrastructure (such as power transmission generators and substations) and vital, sensitive, American computer and communications networks (such as Wall Street, the Federal Monetary Databases), as well as military facilities and equipment in the U.S. have never been carried out. Our own response times have been decreased (the removal of TARS in March of 2013, and the unwillingness to scramble fighters with an intrusion or threat to U.S. territorial skies or waters) or altogether abandoned.
Pyongyang announced the decision that a rocket launch to deliver a satellite is planned for October 10, 2015 to commemorate the communist Workers’ Party 70 year anniversary. This came on the heels of a revelation by North Korea’s Atomic Energy Institute that a previously suspended (2007) Nyongbyon reactor that produces North Korea’s main supply of plutonium for weapons has now been restarted. This is serious, folks. The proof of the seriousness: defense officials for the U.S. and South Korea met on 9/23/15 to discuss possible allied responses “to the possibility of an imminent North Korean rocket launch and later nuclear test.”
The main allied concern is that North Korea will perfect its development of the Unha-3 rocket, an ICBM capable (if they iron out the glitches with its re-entry problems) of striking the continental United States. Remember, readers, most of the planet’s officials are not “far-seeing statesmen” that can forecast trouble before it happens. Furthermore, if they do realize a problem exists, they also usually make the wrong choice as to the predicted course of action. In this case, we also have the news media that is nothing more than a mouthpiece for these politicos. CBS News gave a statement that shows these “blind visionaries” as clearly being clueless about the true threat:
“It [North Korea] is thought to have a small arsenal of atomic bombs and an impressive array of short and medium-range missiles. But it has yet to demonstrate that it can produce nuclear bombs small enough to place on a missile, or missiles that can reliably deliver their bombs to faraway targets.”
Hello? “It has yet to demonstrate,” right? And what would show that the demonstration is successful…an American city going up in a nuclear fireball? Or the probable course of action:
The North Koreans detonate a nuke-carrying satellite as it orbits directly overhead and central to the U.S. and deliver a crippling EMP to the whole country.
This course of action isn’t science fiction: it is science fact, and is a capability that is currently enjoyed by several nations of the world. What the North Koreans have lacked in technology they may very well have borrowed from the Chinese, the Iranians, or the Russians. Miniaturization regarding EMP weapons has been around for several years, now, and this satellite launch is another golden opportunity for one of the main enemies of the U.S. (such as China or Russia) to use their lackey (North Korea) to deliver a fatal blow to America.
Remember those 50 subs that went missing from North Korea? Where are the subs? The Chinese just sent 5 ships to patrol off the coast of Alaska when Obama went there recently. How hard would it be to either tow or “disgorge” a Korean sub from one of those ships and zap us with a sea-launched missile (remember that California incident from 2009?) while we’re expecting the ICBM? Or even both, simultaneously? Of course the complacency of the U.S. government and the listless apathy of most Americans will present an appealing target to our enemies.
The point is that on October 10 the North Koreans may show themselves to be more clever than we thought them. Remember “Mein Kampf,” written by Adolf Hitler. It clearly detailed all of the things he intended to do in Europe, and he ended up doing those things! We were caught napping on that one. We may very well be in a soporific stupor of somnombulence on October 10, and then Fortschen’s novel “One Second After” might be the result. In one second, life as we know it can change for the next 100 years. North Korea should be taken seriously on this one. For something of this magnitude, it is better to overreact 1000 times than to under react 1 time and have the worst happen.
Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson is also a Gunsmith, a Certified Master Herbalist, a Montana Master Food Preserver, and a graduate of the U.S. Army’s SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape). He lives in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with his wife and three cats. You can follow Jeremiah’s regular writings at SHTFplan.com or contact him here.