I think the possibility of Nuclear Retaliation after a country wide EMP strike is not well thought…

Destroying the power & communications of an entire country would mean the probable death of hundreds of thousands, if not millions.

Water shortages, huge problems in food production (especially for a nation that relies so heavily on mechanized agriculture), mass unrest in cities, an economic downturn that would probably mean starvation & deaths for millions of citizens, especially the poorest ones.

And yes, these scenarios are in the radar of the US military:

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