This is not the first time that we have had the threat of nuclear fallout but from what I have heard from others who were around in the 50's and 60's the tension now is just as high as it was back then. People are scrambling and trying to prepare for the worst while hoping for the best.
Dropping MOAB and hitting ISIS cells is the first real strong arm move that has been made and it was the shots heard around the world. Some cheered and some chastised but regardless of our personal feelings armies are now being gathered and deployed in record numbers.
That got us to thinking: Should Russia or North Korea launch World War III what U.S. targets and cities would they most likely attack? Well, that would depend largely on the strategic outcome that is sought. So let's look at the varying risks:
- For example, if anyone decided to first hurt the U.S. militarily and limit our ability to counterstrike, the most likely targets would be our largest military bases and nuclear mission facilities. Nuclear mission facilities would include ground-based missile silos, nuclear-armed submarines, and bases with nuclear-capable bombers like Whiteman Air Force Base in mid-Missouri, home to all of the B-2 stealth bombers.
- But they could also decide that it would be better to hit major American cities instead, including – in no particular order:
– Washington, D.C.
– Houston– Denver
– San Francisco
– St. Louis
– New York City
– Los Angeles
– Dallas/Fort Worth
This would be devastating, both in terms of casualties and long-term economics. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, though major American cities comprise less than 4 percent of the country’s land mass, they are home to nearly two-in-three Americans (62.7 percent, according to March 2015 figures). Of those, the congested East Coast would make a far more tempting target, given that “cities with the largest land areas are mostly in the West and have fewer people per square mile,” the Census Bureau said, adding that “population density in cities is 46 times higher than the territory outside cities.”
Today Vice President Pence issued his own warning to North Korea: “The era for strategic patience is over.” I guess it's a good thing that we are all prepared.
Video Source: Washington Post