In one of the most ridiculous accusations against the Iranians imaginable, neocon extraordinaire John Bolton claims that Iranian missiles pose a direct threat to the United States. And as if that wasn't ludicrous enough, he follows up that comment with a confabulated story about an Iranian EMP (Electro Magnetic Pulse) weapon. I guess he ran out of time to talk about the part where the Iranian "bogeyman is gonna getcha". Ahhhh!
Scary stuff. Bolton's delusional claims seem to come right out of the pages of a Tom Clancy novel. Even Hollywood wouldn't buy a lame story like this. But Paul Gigot, editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page, ate it up and even egged him on. Appropriately, this show aired on Fox News.
Here's Bolton and Gigot pitching this story to Hollywood...
BOLTON: It's entirely possible they [Iran] could put a missile on a tramp steamer, sail it up the East or the West Coast, and that would put them in range of the United States.
HOLLYWOOD EXEC: Sorry John, but nobody's going to believe a story like that.
GIGOT: What about this possibility of what people are saying might be an EMP weapon, or electromagnetic pulse weapon or warhead, that could be put on top of a [Iranian] missile, exploded atop an American city or on the East Coast, and take down a lot of the American electrical energy grid?
HOLLYWOOD EXEC: Uh Paul, you and John really should cut back on the weed, man. And anyway the movie going public is tired of this old Middle East war theme. We're looking for some fresh ideas. One story we're looking at is about a doctor from Texas that goes to Congress and really shakes things up. Next!
And it doesn't end there. It seems that Fox News is determined to be the favorite source of news for all sci-fi fans under the age of 13. Continuing on the Star Wars theme is talking head Bill Hemmer on the very influential "America's Newsroom" show.His guest is terrorism expert R.P. Eddy. How seriously can you take a terrorism expert that uses the name R.P.?
R.P. warns that Iranian terrorists could explode a EMP weapon over a the East Coast and the result would be to take out all of the electrical power grid. The solution suggested by our "expert" is to put a Faraday cage around our power lines. A Faraday cage is just a fancy name for surrounding something with conductive metal. So our "expert" is suggesting surrounding all our power lines with aluminum foil? Doesn't sound especially practical to me, but then I'm not a terrorism "expert".
R.P. was on such a roll, he just couldn't stop. I can just picture this guy as a kid coming up with some real whoppers when his teacher asked him why he hadn't finished his arithmetic homework. "Well the terrorist came while I was sleeping and stole it." To which I'm sure his teacher replied, "Oh please R.P., haven't we heard that terrorist story enough times. I'm really getting tired of it."
So here's R.P.'s latest warning to the world, "the bad news is you can also build an EMP weapon much more easily ... you explode a special magnetron, a magnetrometer, and you create an EMP weapon that way."
My BS meter went on full alert when I heard this last bit. A magnetron is a source of microwaves like that used in a microwave oven. If you explode a magnetron, you don't get an EMP you just get a mess. And a magnetrometer is a ??? I think I need to consult my classic Superman comic books on this one, because folks in the real world there is no such thing.