Well OP... I sometimes wonder when people have THAT much time to wargame effective strategies to bring down a nation from within ... but then, whole
libraries could be filled by the fiction written on the topic so there is that to think about. lol....
In looking at it purely as a hypothetical? It wouldn't work for 2 reasons. 1 is Mr. Murphy. He is always nearby, always in a mirthful little mood,
and always ready to strike when one MOST needs him elsewhere and can LEAST afford his charms. The second is programmed right into the American
transportation system now, and while I am sure it wasn't for this purpose? It would short circuit the worst of what you would foresee, IMO.
Since 2001, truckers have been very strongly encouraged (and damn near required in some companies..and I saw both personally) to join a
national program of watchers with their own ID number and central phone numbers to call into. The program has likely evolved beyond what I was last
certified for, but somewhere I still have my ID card with my ID number to be read to the voice answering, if I saw something worth reporting. Again,
it's a widespread thing in trucking, and by my tone you may assume I agree with it and support the effort.
They would be busted at LEAST once, by some trucker too bored for his own good..wondering what those people were doing in the middle of nowhere and
around a bridge? ....and trucks are everywhere. Absolutely everywhere. 24hrs a day. I couldn't stop ANYWHERE but literally Highway 50 in Nevada (and
not a full night there, either!) without at least a couple trucks going by to hear. (I stopped on exit ramps or turnouts quite often...enjoying the
isolation to truck stop parking lots).
Your scenario depends on a serious economic aspect for fuel, and it's skyrocket in price breaking big holes in the transportation
infrastructure. That simply wouldn't happen, and this is why.
After 9/11 and guys like me enjoyed the very last $0.89 Diesel our nation may ever see again? We got to see prices hit the heart stopping (and truly
terrifying numbers..back then) of $1.89, then $2.00 and to our horror in truck stops? Higher! I was an Owner/Operator in 2001 with my 'big green
money machine'. (A Kenworth T-2000 in dark green in and out). My money machine crapped out and just kinda crapped all over ME at those fuel pumps
...until an idea formed in someone's pea brain in Washington. A good idea for a change!
'Lets adapt a surcharge for this! Yes...lets...make a sliding surcharge to compensate!'
Now most ideas in Washington are as bright as Christmas light stuck in a thick bush. However, this one took off as a temporary fix, which still
existed for a weekly adjusted index on every dispatch of freight I got through November of 2010, when I got off the road and turned in my keys for the
last time. How it works(ed) is real simple. The Department of Energy released data on a weekly basis which, when combined with a standard formula,
formed the cents added to each load of freight being hauled on a per mile basis.
So...After that came into effect? The fuel price could have risen to $10 a gallon. Nothing for truckers would have changed in fuel cards still fueling
the tanks for the pure process continuing to happen. Of course...cars would be too expensive to drive and your hamburger at McD's might cost $8 for
the basic little slider in a bun...but, trucks would pass it on...by programmed design...to the customer and within days of each new jump in energy
*** By the way...Prior to 9/11 G. Gordon Liddy wrote a book based around a hypothetical that incorporated what you proposed as just ONE PART of a much
more diverse action. That, would have worked...in my opinion..and likely why we've never seen that book of his hit any best seller lists since 9/11.