Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Real Dangers of an Iranian or North Korean Satellite Launch

Many people including the Obaministration are trying to downplay the importance of North Korea putting a satellite in orbit. Iran already launched one without causing concern for the new homeland defense team.

Newt Gingrich and William Forschten just wrote an article about this subject: A Single Nuke Could Destroy America. It explains how a nuclear EMP attack could wreak a lot more havoc than a nuclear bomb delivered an American soil. That EMP attack can be simply ignited from the orbit, without the need of an ICBM.

For more on the science behind this, check the Wikipedia article and references. In brief, a nuclear detonation at an 120mi orbit could effectively paralyze the entire USA. It's not sure if North Korea or Iran can reach that altitude now, but even a lower height could affect most of the continental US.

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