As of tomorrow, I will be on blogging haitus. Ever since Sigmund Freud established the precedent, Psychoanalysts have taken part or all of August off. I will be taking some time off from work in August but in order to conform to Psychoanalytic tradition, I will take the entire month off from blogging.
I will try to catch up on my mail and all the comments to my blog that I have been unable to read, and also plpan to do some reading (of books!)
During the next month I will also be looking for evidence that might help to answer several important questions:
1) What does Barack Obama actually believe in besides his own inevitability and the necessity of our country electing him in order to undo all sorts of harmful historical events?
2) Will Israel or the United States do whatever is necessary to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons?
As a corollary to #2, today Newsmax (not a non-partisan source, though the reporter, Kenneth Timmerman, has a reputation for reliability) has a very disturbing story available discussing moves that the Iranian regime has done which portend an EMP attack on the United States. This is the ultimate asymmetric attack and the stuff of nightmares:
Iran has carried out missile tests for what could be a plan for a nuclear strike on the United States, the head of a national security panel has warned.
In testimony before the House Armed Services Committee and in remarks to a private conference on missile defense over the weekend hosted by the Claremont Institute, Dr. William Graham warned that the U.S. intelligence community “doesn’t have a story” to explain the recent Iranian tests.
One group of tests that troubled Graham, the former White House science adviser under President Ronald Reagan, were successful efforts to launch a Scud missile from a platform in the Caspian Sea.
“They’ve got [test] ranges in Iran which are more than long enough to handle Scud launches and even Shahab-3 launches,” Dr. Graham said. “Why would they be launching from the surface of the Caspian Sea? They obviously have not explained that to us.”
Another troubling group of tests involved Shahab-3 launches where the Iranians "detonated the warhead near apogee, not over the target area where the thing would eventually land, but at altitude,” Graham said. “Why would they do that?”
Graham chairs the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack, a blue-ribbon panel established by Congress in 2001.
The commission examined the Iranian tests “and without too much effort connected the dots,” even though the U.S. intelligence community previously had failed to do so, Graham said.