So out in the sunny Pacific today, residents of the Hawaiian Islands spent the morning in near panic. While mass-hysteria isn't uncommon in the deep-blue states of the West, this outbreak actually had an underlying reason.
An Emergency Alert was issued around 8 A.M. Hawaiian time which read: "Ballistic Missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill."
This turned out to be a false alarm. But in the fallout (no pun intended) of the whole incident, one question is going unasked:
If this were a real ICBM attack---is that the type of warning that should be considered appropriate? There's no information as to what type of missile to which this referred. They tell us to seek shelter without telling us where to go. Since the great 'progressive' President Carter eliminated Civil Defense programs (except for the state-of-the-art shelter in Washington DC protecting the 'Elites), most Americans have no idea what to do in the event of an atomic attack.
There was a viral video, for example, of some ignoramus hustling his family into a storm-drain. Those underground vaults are death-traps in a real bombing. Not only do they cave in, but high-voltage wires break and so do water mains. Some will also flood with inflammable gas when the gas lines break; or deadly toxic sewer lines break. Never go to a place like that in an emergency---and basements are no better, by the way.
So clearly, we need to rethink emergency responses. Russia, China, Iran, and many other countries have clearly established and upgraded concentration zones for this very problem.
Now the other issue is determining how this false alert happened. The White House stated that it appeared to be a problem at the State level. Michael Kucharek of NORAD stated that his agency was investigating, as did FCC Chair Ajit Pai. Naturally, the Whacko Left-Wing were spreading 'false flag' rumors and media saps like 'comedian' Jim Carrey couldn't wait to bash Trump:
"If we allow this one-man Gomorrah and his corrupt Republican Congress to continue alienating the entire world, we are all headed for suffering beyond all imagination." Carrey pontificated, apparently oblivious to the incalculable damage that Hollywood has done to America's global image.
Some on the Right have speculated that it was really a Deep-State ploy to embarrass Trump. That's certainly a more a plausible theory; but if it's true, the Federal investigation had better hold some people accountable.
As usual, it's best to draw objective lessons from the mishap and not jump into finger-pointing until NORAD and the FCC have determined exactly where the fingers need be pointed.