By Randy Rossi, Opinion Contributor
There are many reasons why the Chinese spy balloon, which was finally shot down by the US Air Force on Saturday after almost a week flying over our country, is a really big deal.
As the Wall Street Journal mentioned in its editorial on Monday,
“An undetectable balloon would be able to deliver a nuclear explosive that could detonate above the ground and cripple the U.S. electrical grid with an electromagnetic (EMP) pulse.”
Now why would that be such a big deal?
The Congressional EMP Commission has studied this, and the WSJ summarized their horrific conclusion with these words:
“What would a successful EMP attack look like? The EMP Commission, in 2008, estimated that within 12 months of a nationwide blackout, up to 90% of the U.S. population could possibly perish from starvation, disease, and societal breakdown.”
That Chinese balloon was big enough to carry one nuclear warhead which could kill 90 percent of all Americans in just 12 months if it exploded roughly one mile above the middle of America!
Think about that.
All computer chips can be destroyed by an EMP attack. And almost everything in America today needs computer chips to operate.
That EMP strike from a balloon could destroy all the computer chips in America, shutting down our cars, hospitals, manufacturing plants, grocery stores, cell phones, heating and air conditioning, and everything else that runs on electricity would cease to operate.
This would create total chaos.
Of course it was a really bad idea to let China spy on our critical military bases with that balloon. And it was a really bad idea for the Biden administration to hide this Chinese intrusion on our national sovereignty until a local newspaper in Montana published a picture of that balloon which forced the Biden team to inform the American people.
But that is not near as important as exposing America to the risk of having 90 percent of its people killed by an EMP strike!
That, we can’t ignore.