Ron Johnson on Electromagnetic Pulse Weapons

Max FisherTop administration officials are at Congress today for a hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Iran nuclear deal, a subject that has always brought out the crazy in American politicians.

No one expected this hearing to be anything other than a circus: the deal is politically contentious, and Republicans are trying to out-hawk one another for the coming presidential primaries. Congress did not disappoint. This tweet, from New York Times economics policy reporter Jonathan Weisman, captures the scene pretty nicely:

A bit of context: Johnson is the senior senator from Wisconsin and a Republican. Ernest Moniz is the secretary of energy and one of the lead US negotiators on the Iran deal. Electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapons are a nonsense science fiction “threat” and a longtime point of obsession among certain conservatives, such as Newt Gingrich and Ron Johnson. Johnson’s line of questioning, to a top-of-his-field nuclear physicist, is a little like asking Neil Armstrong if he thinks the moon landing might have been faked.

—Max Fisher
The Clown Show That Was the Senate Iran Hearing, in One Tweet

2 thoughts on “Ron Johnson on Electromagnetic Pulse Weapons

  1. Hilarious! Well, actually deeply sad, but also hilarious.

    I didn’t remember which thread you mentioned Ta-Nehisi Coates and the arc of history, but here’s a clip of him worth seeing if you haven’t already:—ta-nehisi-coates-extended-interview-pt–2

    He’s a huge patriot who believes America can be better. I’m not sure I share that belief. But without people like him who believe we can be better, we’re doomed.

    • I saw the broadcast interview. I didn’t bother watching the extended interview, because I know his work well and I’m waiting for the book. He is great — one of my favorite political writers. Of course, now he doesn’t write as much; I think he is now a college professor. Plus, he’s been writing a lot about comic books. It’s probably great work too, but I haven’t been able to take it seriously enough to read it.

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