Posted by | December 12, 2011 10:41 | Filed under: Top Stories

Newt Gingrich worries that a nuclear attack high in the sky above the United States would throw us back to the dark ages.

In debates and speeches, interviews and a popular book, he is ringing alarm bells over what experts call the electromagnetic pulse, or EMP — a poorly understood phenomenon of the nuclear age.

The idea is that if a nuclear weapon, lofted by a missile, were detonated in outer space high above the American heartland, it would set off a huge and crippling shockwave of electricity. Mr. Gingrich warns that it would fry electrical circuits from coast to coast, knocking out computers, electrical power and cellphones. Everything from cars to hospitals would be knocked out.

Is this a way to appeal to hawks and promote a preemptive attack on one of our adversaries?

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