State representatives on Friday advanced legislation to launch a study into what Wyoming should do in the event of a complete economic or political collapse in the United States.The reporter is Mr Jeremy Pelzer of the Star-Tribune capital bureau. The dateline is Friday, February 24, 2012 6:00 pm.
House Bill 85 passed on first reading by a voice vote. It would create a state-run government continuity task force, which would study and prepare Wyoming for potential catastrophes, from disruptions in food and energy supplies to a complete meltdown of the federal government.
Aside from the Aircraft Carrier distractor
And House members approved an amendment Friday by state Rep. Kermit Brown, R-Laramie, to have the task force also examine conditions under which Wyoming would need to implement its own military draft, raise a standing army, and acquire strike aircraft and an aircraft carrier.it does not seem unreasonable. By the way, I spent a lot of time in NATO, where there is a technical distinction between attack aircraft (conventional) and strike aircraft (nuclear), with Dual Capable (DUC) being configured and supplied, and aircrew trained, to do both.
An investment of $16,000 does not seem unreasonable for thinking about the unthinkable. Or, as one Althouse commenter (Pogo, a regular) said, "Just 5 years ago this would have seemed completely crazy. Now, it's prudent."
There are those who argue that the world is actually a safer place than it was five years ago. Osama bin Laden is dead and our military commitment to Europe, in terms of stationed forces, is less than 20% what it was when the Wall came down. We have experienced the Arab Spring. The US is out of Iraq and we are drawing down in Afghanistan. Kim jong il is gone.
On the other hand, such optimists have not looked to our immediate South. Leo Carrillo was correct, back in the Spring of 1957. We need to be paying attention to our Southern neighbors.
Regards — Cliff