As the 2018 Winter Olympics get underway, there’s an unmistakable pall in the air due to the elephant in the room.
While tensions between the United States and North Korea are out of the headlines at the moment, that doesn’t mean that they have magically disappeared.
The situation remains akin to a powder keg that could ignite at any second.
So what would a worst case scenario look like?
Independent Journal Review passes along a theory from a key member of President Donald Trump’s cabinet, and it’s not pretty.
Ben Carson, secretary of Housing and Urban Development, told colleagues that he feared North Korea could take out the U.S. electrical grid, sending the nation into “complete lawlessness and anarchy” like in the horror film “The Purge,” sources told The Washington Post.
The Trump administration official made the comments at a Capitol Hill holiday party hosted by his former adviser and friend, Armstrong Williams, according to the Post, when he asked his acting chief of staff, Deana Bass, if she was familiar with how an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, would affect the North American power grid.
Carson is an intellectual type that’s not known for speaking out of turn.
When he offers up his take on a situation, there’s an extraordinary chance that he has spent a serious amount of time thinking through the possibilities.
As such, his theory on what a North Korean attack on US soil would look like is downright chilling.
“Did you know that if North Korea detonated a nuclear weapon into our exosphere, it could take out our entire electrical grid?” Carson reportedly asked Bass. “What’s that movie where there’s complete lawlessness and anarchy for one night a year? ‘The Purge’! It will be like ‘The Purge’ all the time.”
Tensions in the Korean Peninsula have worsened over the past year as North Korea has continued to grow its nuclear capabilities. In November, North Korea claimed it had developed a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that could strike anywhere on the U.S. mainland. The regime also announced it would test another ICBM in the coming weeks, according to reports from The Hill.
The rogue regime in North Korea appears to be on its best behavior as the world’s eyes shift to the Korean peninsula for the Olympic games.
While it would be lovely to assume that means that all is well as far as the threats from Kim Jong Un are concerned, it would be downright foolish to do so.
We’ll hold out hope that cooler heads will prevail in the long run, but it’s wise not to let those hopes lead to a false sense of security.
Source: Independent Journal Review