Answer me this:Say for example a nuclear bomb goes off in Washington D.C and destroys everything,is the U.S economy going to collapse?so yeah if it destroys the white house,the capitol,the library...

Answer me this:Say for example a nuclear bomb goes off in Washington D.C and destroys everything,is the U.S economy going to collapse?

so yeah if it destroys the white house,the capitol,the library of congress and the line of presidency and everything else.what would happen?

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litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I do not think the American economy would collapse.  One advantage of having many states is that our government is somewhat decentralized.  However, chances are a large number of our leaders would be killed. Most of the line of succession to the presidency resides in that area.  I also think that although it would be devastating to morale given the current economic slump, the country would also likely experience a coming together as happened during the last national tragedy on 9/11.

shake99 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It would definitely cause economic problems. You'd probably see it first in the stock market. When investors become nervous about economic prospects they usually sell off stock and invest in safer things. When the stock market drops, other aspects of the economy often suffer also.

This doesn't mean that the economcy would "collapse," but it would definitely suffer in the short run.

Jessica Pope eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The economy would not collapse. There would be a fallout but it wouldn't totally crumble. The American economy is complex. It's got many "legs." Even with all of Washington D.C. destroyed, there'd still be the financial centers of others cities like New York, Chicago and Silicon Valley. No single city is responsible for the  health and wellbeing of the U.S. economy.

rrteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree with the previous post. The disruptions, including economic disruptions, that it caused wouldn't go away soon. People would be nervous about investing or spending money, and crucial industries would suffer. The damage wouldn't be because of the physical destruction caused, but rather the psychological effect on the economy.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I'm with Post 2 on this.  The impact would really depend on how people perceived things.  In an objective way, the loss of one city that is not a huge financial or manufacturing center would not be devastating.  However, if people perceived this as a sign that the US was weak and declining, it could be very harmful.

Kristen Lentz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Yes, we would go to war without a doubt.  The U.S. has never held with letting an attack on homesoil go by unchecked.  Just consider the precedent--Pearl Harbor: we declare war; September 11th: we declare war.  If D.C. were bombed, it would disrupt our chain of command, but a definite counter-strike would follow.

Kristen Lentz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think it would be a bit more severe than a short term problem.  Would it mean the end of the United States as we know it... probably not.  The 9/11 attacks caused a short term economic panic.  The nuclear destruction of the nation's capitol would wreak havoc on the US economy. 

literaturenerd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree with mwalter. I do not think the country would collapse.While it would be devastating to the governmental buildings in DC, there are other places within the United States which could house the meetings which would be necessary to keep the country going.

hubbabubba998 | Student

i guess it will just be short term problem

 

crimsonact4 | Student

if it "did" collapse then i think i would go to mexico, the people here are worse than the people in mexico when there isnt any law aroud :P

truthseekah | Student

The US economy is collapsing now.  We don't need a nuclear attack against us to get the ball rolling.  The Federal Reserve and its minions are doing a great job of this.

demon300 | Student

i forgot to add this to my post?

would we also go to war..?

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