An Iranian naval presence in the Western Hemisphere would help the regime build its terrorist networks. Most frighteningly, it would make it easier for Iran to launch an Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) attack on the U.S. This involves the detonation of a nuclear warhead at high altitude, instead of physically striking a target. All electronic components would be fried for hundreds of miles, crippling the U.S. If executed properly, an EMP attack could knock out all of America’s electricity with anonymity.
The EMP scenario sounds like Hollywood fantasy, but the Congressional EMP Commission chaired by Dr. William Graham, a former science advisor to President Reagan, concluded that the threat is real. The Iranian regime apparently believes so, too. Its military has been simulating an EMP strike with its Shahab-3 medium-range missiles. One Iranian military journal states that the West will “disintegrate” if it is victimized by “dangerous electronic assaults.” “American soldiers would not be able to find food to eat nor would they be able to fire a single shot,” it says. The Russian Club-K missile system, obviously designed to give rogue nations the ability to fight the U.S., makes an EMP attack a more realistic possibility.
Dr. Peter Vincent Pry of EMPAct America, a top nuclear expert, says that such a catastrophe can be prevented with proper investment. He says that the most important 300 transformers can be shielded from an EMP attack for only $200-400 million. For about $20 billion, the entire power grid can be protected. Rep. Trent Franks launched the Congressional EMP Caucus in February and has introduced the SHIELD Act to “secure the most critical components of America’s electrical infrastructure against the threat posed by a potentially catastrophic electromagnetic pulse.”
Those who dismiss the threat from a nuclear-armed Iran or any other rogue state have failed to grasp warfare in the 21st century. No longer are large navies, armies or even nuclear stockpiles necessary to take down a superpower. The West’s enemies can deliver catastrophic blows using the EMP, cyber warfare, terrorist proxies or other asymmetrical techniques. If Iran believes these methods can bring them victory and is preparing to potentially use them, then we must prepare to defend against them.
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