Nuclear Terrorism in America

Benjamin Schwartz deserves much credit. Annihilating the claim that terrorism isn’t an existential threat to America, Schwartz’s new book, Right of Boom, forces us to consider what just one atomic explosion might mean for humanity’s future. Even better for a book about public policy, he writes with accessibility for serious readers, neither talking down to us nor assuming that we have technical expertise in his field.

Schwartz, a national security analyst at the Department of Defense, paints a picture of mayhem in the aftermath of such an explosion. “On an otherwise calm and uneventful morning, a small nuclear weapon explodes in downtown Washington, DC.… The casualty count rises to over a hundred thousand, and the destruction is measured in hundreds of billions of dollars.”

  • Brett_McS

    Frankly, if the terrorists are smart, they’ll leave Washington D.C. untouched.

  • Xavier

    On an otherwise calm and uneventful morning, a small nuclear weapon explodes in downtown Washington, DC.…

    To fully understand the impact I need to know: Is Congress in session? Is the President back from vacation?

  • Ho Hum

    OFF TOPIC (but urgently important)

    CSIS highlights white supremacist threat ahead of radical Islam
    Political ideas behind lone wolf attacks “run the gamut,” say internal CSIS documents, but they’re likelier found in the radical right-wing than in radical Islam.

    What kind of country are we living in when our “inteligence agency” sees “white supremacist” threat” as being greater than radical Islam?

    It calls into question the purpose of Bill C51. Is it intended to reign in so called “white supremacists” or Islamists?

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      How many white supremacists does Canada have that are not already CSIS informers?

      Maybe 3.

      • DD_Austin

        The progressive view is being white automatically makes you a supremacist, so about 23 to 24 million

    • ntt1

      it will be used to crush objections to muslim colonization like this site.

    • Trust me, I will get a knock at the door once C-51 passes.

  • DMB

    Sometimes the use of large bombs are not needed to leave a catastrophic affect on a major city.

  • Destroyer-Drone

    “Iran is a large and wealthy country; Iranian scientists are capable; and the atomic bomb is 1940s technology.

    This is essentially the crux of the matter. George Friedman of STRATFOR already duly predicted that thermonuclear weapons would become less of a secret as they grow older. The tragedy in all this is that America did not fully realise (and when it did, was unwilling to implement) their enormous potential in reshaping the world order up until the Soviets successfully copied American technology in ’49.