by David Prentice
We’re witnessing a historical rift in a cold (so far) civil war. It’s like overlooking the battlefields pre-Gettysburg, or looking at Hiroshima before the bomb.
DEFCON-3: What is that? Most center-right readers know.
DEFCON is a military preparedness alert system. It’s how we assess enemy threats. Our normal DEFCON number sits at 5, sometimes going to 4. We don’t know details, but it musters military readiness due to intelligence rumblings.
DEFCON-3 is a rare signal of danger.
DEFCON-3 was was enacted during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, moving to DEFCON-2 one week later. We hit DEFCON-3 during the Yom Kippur war of 1973. After the September 11 attacks, we were there, with an alert we might move to DEFCON-2, moving back to DEFCON-4 on September 14. DEFCON-2 was instituted during the Gulf War of 1991.