Cruz says Iran could set off Electro Magnetic Pulse over east coast, killing 10s of millions

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Ted Cruz hosted a roundtable on the Iran deal yesterday. Video below. He says the Iranian deal is “catastrophic” because it will fund terrorism and allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon. He must be auditioning for Sheldon Adelson’s money. Cruz said:

I agree with Prime Minister Netanyahu that the threat of a nuclear Iran is an existential threat to the state of Israel… The odds are unacceptably high they would use those nuclear weapons in the skies of Tel Aviv or New York or Los Angeles. But the threat that is posed to the United States of America is even qualitatively greater.

The single greatest threat if Iran acquired even a single nuclear weapon would be that they would place that weapon on a rocket on a ship anywhere up and down the Atlantic and they would fire that rocket straight into the air into the atmosphere and if it got high enough and they could detonate a nuclear war head, it would set off what’s called an Electro Magnetic Pulse, an EMP. An EMP would take down the electrical grid of the entire eastern seaboard.

The EMP would shut down the stock market and all financial systems, shut down delivery of food, water, heat, air, and basic transportation, Cruz said.

The projections are that an EMP over the eastern seaboard would cost the lives of tens of millions of Americans. And they don’t need targeting equipment… They need to fire straight in the air.

Scott Roth on twitter: “I remind you, ladies and gentlemen, that Ted Cruz is a product of Princeton and Harvard Law.”

31 Responses

  1. michelle
    July 30, 2015, 12:29 am

    .
    one might also be concerned that they could ride over America
    on their fire breathing dragons …. if they had fire breathing dragons that is
    everyone knows Iran wants fire breathing dragons it’s just a matter of time
    .

    G-d Bless
    .

    • JLewisDickerson
      July 30, 2015, 4:30 am

      Fire breathing dragons really scare the bejesus/bejeezus out of me! ! !

    • eljay
      July 30, 2015, 8:59 am

      || michelle: one might also be concerned that they could ride over America
      on their fire breathing dragons …. if they had fire breathing dragons that is
      everyone knows Iran wants fire breathing dragons it’s just a matter of time … ||

      Good one… :-)

      • Mooser
        July 31, 2015, 11:58 am

        I thought Iran was the master of aeronautic axminster technology?
        The delivery system would be some kind of carrier-launched floor-covering, no doubt.

  2. ziusudra
    July 30, 2015, 3:40 am

    Greetings,
    This Sen. could be so gullible to believe that the majority of US are gullible, but there are too many professionals in the US to swallow this BS & remain mute.
    ziusudra

  3. amigo
    July 30, 2015, 4:19 am

    “The single greatest threat if Iran acquired even a single nuclear weapon would be that they would place that weapon on a rocket on a ship anywhere up and down the Atlantic and they would fire that rocket straight into the air into the atmosphere and if it got high enough and they could detonate a nuclear war head, – See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

    Sounds like teddy just invented the “Cruz” missile.

    • just
      July 30, 2015, 10:04 am

      “Sounds like teddy just invented the “Cruz” missile”

      lol!

      How strange that nobody’s tried it yet~ you know, all of America’s foes. Iran hasn’t attacked anybody in forever and ‘friendship’ is on the march. That’s what these cretins are so afraid of.

      People keep telling me how smart Cruz is. I don’t think so. I think he’s been indulging in too many of Saban’s Power Rangers fantasies.

  4. JLewisDickerson
    July 30, 2015, 4:27 am

    RE: Ted Cruz hosted a roundtable on the Iran deal yesterday. Video below. He says the Iranian deal is “catastrophic” because it will fund terrorism and allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon. He must be auditioning for Sheldon Adelson’s money. ~ Weiss

    MY COMMENT: Not to mention vulture capitalist Paul Singer’s money!

    SEE: “Paul Singer’s EMP Fetish”, by Eli Clifton, LobeLog.com, April 8, 2015
    EXCERPT: Arms-control specialist Jeffrey Lewis has described the cult of EMP as the “conservative fetish that just won’t die.”
    LINK – link to lobelog.com

  5. Krauss
    July 30, 2015, 4:58 am

    Mr Cruz is a heat-guided missile straight to Mr. Adelson’s wallet.

  6. mikeo
    July 30, 2015, 7:00 am

    Those dastardly Persians!
    No doubt they’re also going to attack the US with their “Muslamic Ray Guns”

    • piotr
      July 31, 2015, 12:54 am

      Very painful to watch. Checking new today I have seen this heart-rendering video of a neurologically impaired bulldog trying to find a comfortable position by climbing a chair and climbing down, with much tribulations and derisive chortling of the person holding the camera.

    • JennieS
      July 31, 2015, 5:57 pm

      This guy needs to lay off the sauce.

  7. CigarGod
    July 30, 2015, 8:41 am

    I love how these guys with no science background at all, suddenly put themselves out there as experts…after they attend a weekend seminar at The Chicken Little Academy.

    • diasp0ra
      July 30, 2015, 10:37 am

      Sort of like how a million “Middle East Experts” exploded onto the scene after 9/11 after having 0 background or education on the matter.

      • CigarGod
        July 30, 2015, 10:47 am

        Exactly.
        That is when I finally -got it-.
        All the ‘experts’ were Israeli, Jewish, neo-con, ex-military, etc….and they gave both the imperialist pov and the Arab pov…yet, there were precious few actual Arabs even allowed to speak…unless they represented a royal house.

        Nothing has really changed.

      • just
        July 30, 2015, 11:11 am

        +1, diasp0ra and CG!

        For instance, it was clear that terra experts like Steve Emerson and Reuel Marc Gerecht, and the military analysts like Jack Jacobs, had an agenda.

        I stopped listening to a lot of these drones long ago.

      • Mooser
        July 30, 2015, 9:16 pm

        “Sort of like how a million “Middle East Experts” exploded onto the scene after 9/11 after having 0 background or education on the matter.”

        Along with a plague of “terrorist experts” and “security analcysts” and the like.

  8. eljay
    July 30, 2015, 8:50 am

    Ted Cruz: … The single greatest threat if Iran acquired even a single nuclear weapon would be that they would place that weapon on a rocket on a ship anywhere up and down the Atlantic and they would fire that rocket straight into the air into the atmosphere and if it got high enough and they could detonate a nuclear war head, it would set off what’s called an Electro Magnetic Pulse, an EMP. An EMP would take down the electrical grid of the entire eastern seaboard. …

    I thought the single greatest threat if Iran acquired even a single nuclear weapon was that they would wipe Israel off the map and push it into the sea. Since when is Zio-supremacist-bootlicker Cruz more concerned about the U.S. than he is about Israel? Why does he hate Jews so much?!

    • just
      July 30, 2015, 12:22 pm

      Compare Cruz’ lunacy with these statements:

      “The problem here is that there will always be some uncertainty about how quickly Saddam can acquire nuclear weapons. But we don’t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.”
      Condoleezza Rice

      “Our task, your task… is to try to connect the dots before something happens. People say, ‘Well, where’s the smoking gun?’ Well, we don’t want to see a smoking gun from a weapon of mass destruction.”
      Donald Rumsfeld

      “I can’t tell you if the use of force in Iraq today will last five days, five weeks or five months, but it won’t last any longer than that.”
      Donald Rumsfeld

      I really wonder if Cruz has taken courses @ the Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu School for Idiotic Hasbara & Cartoons and attended one of Gary Ginsberg’s evening seminars in ‘music’.

  9. a blah chick
    July 30, 2015, 10:56 am

    “they could detonate a nuclear war head, it would set off what’s called an Electro Magnetic Pulse, an EMP. An EMP would take down the electrical grid of the entire eastern seaboard.”

    In fact the Iranians were trying to put the warheads into the brains of rabid sharks but the creatures escaped from their facility and started attacking people in Florida.

    Florida!

  10. HarryLaw
    July 30, 2015, 11:59 am

    This is serious stuff from Cruz, and no one should mock him, back in the 1930’s Flash Gordon’s archenemy Ming the Merciless had concocted a new weapon: a death ray emanating from Mars that wrought havoc on the Earth. To stop the ray, Flash[Buster Crabbe] had to travel to Mars and lock horns with Ming. Better to fight them over there [Mars] than here. Watch out for those Iranian rockets to Mars.

  11. Annie Robbins
    July 30, 2015, 12:03 pm

    i can’t stop laughing. so which gop prez candidate is going to top this to get adelson $ and how’s he gonna do it! to think with grinch is was just ‘there are no palestinians’ — we’ve come a long way baby!

  12. kroger
    July 30, 2015, 12:55 pm

    Where does Senator Cruz get his information? It seems that most of what he says is simply speculation.

    • piotr
      July 30, 2015, 7:42 pm

      I think that one can trace that information. For example, a renown expert on terrorism and demography, Steven Emerson, told that it is difficult for non-Muslim minority of Burningham (England, not Alabama) to survive. The origin of that misinformation were earlier alarmist stories that this city in English Midlands will have Muslim majority at some point in the future, so Emerson made an honest mistake that this already happened. And given the degree of danger he expects in cities with Muslim majority he did not dare to check in person (even a websearch “Birningham” could prove perilous).

      In this particular case, there were science fiction novels with that theme, electromagnetic pulse knocking out almost everything in the eastern part of USA, but owing to the desire of some scientific plausibility, the size of the explosion was 500 megatons, and the explosion happened because an alien space ship was destroyed. When Tsar Bomba, with 50 megaton power, was detonated in Arctic, radio communication over a very large area was out for nearly an hour, and some scientist made projections what would be effects of such an explosion, and even more powerful explosions. However, loading something like Tsar Bomba onto a missile is conceivable, but USA will not be capable of launching such a load for at least 10 years, and of course this is totally out of the league of non-superpowers.

      The infrastructure in USA was mostly build in Cold War years when the effects of thermonuclear bombs were considered, so it is hard to see than transformers etc. are vulnerable at large distances. Additionally, equipment is supposed to tolerate lightning strikes. Additionally, Iran could conceivably load a bomb on a ship, but launching a ship into the air does not occur in SF novels, but in Fantasy — the same section in bookstores, so that could confuse our Senator.

  13. michelle
    July 30, 2015, 2:14 pm

    .
    we pay these people to better our lives and the lives of those around us
    instead we get stories of boogy men/monsters comming for us that must
    be destroyed before they destroy us
    .
    it seems like the boogy man is usually the one telling the story
    .
    G-d Bless
    .

  14. Qualtrough
    July 30, 2015, 3:05 pm

    His constituency must be the 50% of the population of less than average intelligence.

  15. piotr
    July 31, 2015, 1:19 am

    Upon careful reading, Cruz should be decried as anti-Semite, or one of those gentiles who try to spread Hasbara but have terrible time understanding the message that they try to spread.

    Here you have the Senator belittling the (potential) suffering of Israel that is about to be brusquely loaded by Obama into the Iranian oven, [so far so good, I mean, he delivers correct lines], and then adding that American suffering would be even greater (a suffering larger than Jewish suffering?!?? I dare you to show me what is it exactly, you almost anti-Semitic moron!!!) because … because … because they could have a power blackout!

    Excuse me, Senator. As a Canadian import you may be excused to be ignorant, but your constituents survived quite a bit of worse in Alamo. As a denizen of the Eastern Seaboard I have experienced a blackout that covered a major part of NY state. My family was on vacation trip, and luck had it that we had full camping gear, so we could make tea, cook dinner and wait until gas stations would become operational. But do you think that less prepared citizenry was dying in droves? Nothing of the kind.

    Finally, consider the worst case scenario, some people actually dying on the Eastern Seaboard because of long blackout, ineptitude, lack of guns (hungry? why not shooting some squirrels?), in general, being effete liberals, recent studies revealed that those are not REAL AMERICANS (some are even Jews), unlike honest folk in the South, Midwest and so on. Again, something not known to a Canadian carpetbagger.

  16. rensanceman
    July 31, 2015, 11:59 am

    A country that is labelled a “democracy” relies on an informed electorate as a precondition for an enlightened government. After hearing this silly diatribe by this charlatan, and noting that Louis Gohmert is sitting beside said charlatan, I fear that our Democracy is a sham. The world wide massive demonstrations in the wake of the Iraq war did not stop the momentum for war. The Iran debate highlites the efforts of one such group–AIPAC which represents the interest of Israel, inserting its interest before the interests of the U,S. Why can’t our misinformed electorate see this?

  17. lonely rico
    August 1, 2015, 9:32 am

    EMP would shut down the stock market and all financial systems, shut down delivery of food, water, heat,

    air

    It’s a great comfort that Senator Ted will be there to insure the
    delivery of air,
    doubtless HOT !

  18. jortine
    August 11, 2015, 11:48 am

    sounds familiar ? you bet! remember the WMD of Saddam which threatened new York City
    same rhetoric, same arguments, same people, same experts same lobby and money and most of all same beneficiaries.

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