Whether they like to admit it or not, many of the world’s superpowers are currently engaged in a hellacious arms race, meant to provide themselves with the sort of weaponry that would render their opponents soiled and shaken.
Nuclear weapons, while still providing a veil of doom over every interaction that the US and Russia have, are a bit too obtuse. The pact of “mutually assured destruction” is just about useless, as it renders a vast majority of the world uninhabitable and without resources for the victor to claim as spoils.
So, instead, international combat has largely turned mental and clandestine, and the bad actors on the world’s stage have some terrifying weapons.
This week, near the White House, there are fears that someone was using a “direct energy” weapon to sicken Americans.
Federal agencies are investigating at least two possible incidents on US soil, including one near the White House in November of last year, that appear similar to mysterious, invisible attacks that have led to debilitating symptoms for dozens of US personnel abroad.
Multiple sources familiar with the matter tell CNN that while the Pentagon and other agencies probing the matter have reached no clear conclusions on what happened, the fact that such an attack might have taken place so close to the White House is particularly alarming.
Defense officials briefed lawmakers on the Senate and House Armed Services Committees on the matter earlier this month, including on the incident near the White House. That incident, which occurred near the Ellipse, the large oval lawn on the south side of the White House, sickened one National Security Council official, according to multiple current and former US officials and sources familiar with the matter.
And this wasn’t a purely isolated incident, either.
In a separate 2019 episode, a White House official reported a similar attack while walking her dog in a Virginia suburb just outside Washington, GQ reported last year.
American diplomats in Cuba have been targeted by similar attacks in recent years, leading many to wonder exactly what is going on/