By Lowell Ponte
“Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii,” said the warning sent Saturday morning to 1.4 million island state residents. “Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.”
But the terrifying alert from Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency was the result of a test in which “an employee pushed the wrong button” during a shift change, Governor David Ige (D) later announced.
Within three minutes the U.S. Pacific Command confirmed that North Korea had launched no missile at Hawaii, so cool and steady President Donald Trump continued his golf game in Florida.
In Hawaii, however, the badly-mismanaged, state-caused alert spread for 38 minutes before being fully countermanded. Residents are accustomed to dire warnings, such as the tsunami warning that once caught my wife and me on Maui. This is also the state struck by Japanese warplanes at Pearl Harbor in 1941, so Hawaiians have contemplated a nuclear sneak attack by another Asian power.
On Saturday, some ran for the nearest bomb shelter. Many were afraid or philosophical. “I sat on my couch and opened up the sliding door and watched TV and listened to music,” said 24-year-old PGA golfer Justin Thomas. “I was like ‘there’s nothing I can do. If it’s my time, it’s my time.’”
Leftist Hollywood celebrities rushed to deflect blame from Democrats to President Trump. “This Hawaii missile scare is on YOU Mr. Trump,” tweeted actress Jamie Lee Curtis, “…on YOUR ARROGANCE, HUBRIS, NARCISSISM, RAGE, EGO, IMMATURITY and your UNSTABLE IDIOCY….YOU DID THIS!”
One hates to confuse Tony Curtis’ daughter with facts, but the reason lunatic North Korea has nukes is Jimmy Carter, who when acting as emissary from President Bill Clinton promised that the United States would not halt Communist North Korea’s nuclear program – and would, instead, provide its dictatorial dynasty with billions of dollars in aid.
Former President Carter, who was given a Nobel Peace Prize to “kick the shins” of Republicans (said the head of the prize committee), also helped topple key American ally the Shah of Iran, which put today’s apocalyptic Ayatollahs in power. This begat the Iran-Iraq war with more than half a million dead, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the rise of Al-Qaeda, and the 9-11 destruction of the World Trade Center and other targets that killed thousands of Americans.
President Barack Obama, another Democrat Peace Prize winner, likewise gave Iran’s enemies of America billions in cash and an agreement that we would not undermine their ambitions to acquire nuclear weapons and ignite global terrorism. Obama also reneged on putting U.S. anti-missile weapons in Poland to defend the U.S. against Iranian ballistic missiles.
Remember that if nuclear missile attacks become real – God forbid! – that former Presidents Carter, Clinton, and Obama are to blame. And when you see Mika Brzezinski attacking President Trump on MSNBC, remember that her father was President Carter’s National Security Advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, who proposed that our Persian Gulf fleet shoot down Israeli warplanes if they tried to destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities.
What could make us safer today? America needs to become more decentralized, resilient, and self-reliant, not dependents on ever-bigger, more centralized government handouts that could vanish in national emergencies. We should stockpile enough food, water, and other supplies (as Sweden just recommended) that we can live through at least a three-month “civil emergency” without relying on the government or its un-backed paper fiat money to sustain us. We need to become more like America’s Founders. If we do this, the warning of Hawaii could prove to be a sobering blessing.
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