Tuesday, February 09, 2010


"This is subhuman idiocy."

Occasionally one comes across an editorial in a US newspaper that almost knocks you out of your chair.

Not often does one see an editorial-like thing condemning the usual imprecations to bomb Iran because that country will eventually launch an electromagnetic pulse attack against the United States.

How did the sane person get a permissions slip to opine?

Barry Kissin of the Frederick News Post writes:

I just read "How to Save the Obama Presidency: Bomb Iran" by Daniel Pipes, visiting fellow at the prestigious Hoover Institution of Stanford University. When I first read the title, I was certain this had to be satirical. It's not! His first point: "[Obama's]counterterrorism record barely passes the laugh test.

It continues:

Pipes then points out that the way for Obama to consolidate popular support is to act tough, you know, start another war. Pipes follows with the polls (Zogby, Pew, Los Angeles Times, Fox News) that all show that a definite majority of Americans favor "using the [U.S.] military to attack and destroy the facilities in Iran which are necessary to produce a nuclear weapon."

How about this from Pipes: "Eventually, [Iran] could launch an electromagnetic pulse attack on the United States, utterly devastating the country." And: "Taking out Iran's nuclear facilities ... would require few 'boots on the ground' and entail relatively few casualties, making an attack more politically palatable." And: "Just as 9/11 caused voters to forget George W. Bush's meandering early months, a strike on Iranian facilities would dispatch Obama's feckless first year ... " And the clincher: "[T]he chance to do good and do well is fleeting. As the Iranians improve their defenses and approach weaponization, the window of opportunity is closing. The time to act is now ..."

However, Kissin's final line is most surprising. It is something most editors simply would not allow into a newspaper in 2010.

This is subhuman idiocy. It is also part of a long-standing pattern of criminal manipulation of the frightened and very misinformed.

Subhuman idiocy. That's unequivocal.

The entire piece is here.

By contrast, Pipes' material immediately gets wide duplication around the country, also immediately flying into the Jerusalem Post.

"I do not customarily offer advice to a president whose election I opposed, whose goals I fear and whose policies I work against," he writes. "But here is a way for Barack Obama to salvage his tottering administration by taking a step that protects the US and its allies."

When the electromagnetic pulse crazy/bomb Iran lobby launches a sally -- which is does once ever few months, the last one petering out in September at the Values Voter summit -- it always does so with perniciously admirable efficiency.

Everyone gets on the same page and makes a push into the opinion sections of US and foreign newspapers. And it always works.

In addition, the Cult of EMP Crazy lobby always comes up with a new catastrophic meme to sell the story of Iranian-launched electromagnetic pulse doom.

Usually, it has been the story that the US will be hurled back to the time of horse and buggy transportation, water drawn from the creek and shitting in out houses or trenches filled with lime.

Now, however, there's a new flavor of Gotterdammerung.

"EMP attack, our version of Haiti quake," trumpeted Clifford May for the Scripps Howard News Service very recently.

He writes, and this isn't satire:

President Obama has pledged $100 million to help Haiti recover from its recent earthquake. By coincidence, that’s precisely the amount that the [mumble] recommends be spent on measures it estimates would limit the damage resulting from an EMP event by 60 to 70 percent.

This is delivered in an essay which, as must be the case, brings up the Bomb Iran lobby's favorite story:

Think of a blackout, but one of indefinite duration — because we have no plan for recovery and could expect little or no help from abroad.

The EMP commission also reported that Iran — which is feverishly working to acquire nuclear weapons — has conducted tests in which it launched missiles and exploded warheads at high altitudes. And the CIA has translated Iranian military journals in which EMP attacks against the U.S. are explicitly discussed.

Might Iran’s rulers orchestrate such an attack if and when they acquire a nuclear capability?

That is a heated debate among defense experts.

That opinion piece is here.

For regular readers of DD blog and longtime observers of the the Washington DC Doom Club, May was warning about anthrax just in November.

"A scenario perhaps even more frightening: terrorists using biological weapons, setting off epidemics of smallpox, Ebola virus or other hemorrhagic fevers; a crop duster spreading 10 pounds of anthrax causing more deaths than in World War II."

That ran in the National Review on-line, under the heading -- Apocalypse When?

Alert readers will notice May always resorts to writing that potential enemy strikes will cause more casualties than America suffered in World War II.

On electromagnetic pulse attack by Iran, our equivalent of the Haiti quake , May writes:

When you consider that such an event — whether naturally occurring or a “man-caused disaster” — could cause trillions of dollars in damage and claim more lives than were lost in World War II ...

Readers will have also noted that it's not really a coincidence that Dan Pipes' Bomb Iran/EMP doom essay also ran in the National Review.

It's what's called a rigging. And one can't help but applaud the EMP Crazy lobby's talent for it. They're really good.

Cult of EMP Crazy -- from the archives.


Anonymous sam_m said...

OMG what if Iran got hold of some of Russia's Scalar Weaponry ?? Whole US cities would vanish to reappear at the bottom of an ocean on the other side of the world or in the heart of some active volcano. The earth might open up and swallow California.
We don't want the "smoking gun" to be a smoking hole in the ground.

OMG. Think of the children. Attack now.

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