Communion Of Dreams


Oops.
September 5, 2007, 10:18 am
Filed under: General Musings, Government, Nuclear weapons, Predictions, Society

Ah, this makes a nice follow-up to my post the other day about nuclear weapons:

BISMARCK, N.D. – A B-52 bomber was mistakenly loaded with five nuclear warheads during a flight from North Dakota to Louisiana, a newspaper reported Wednesday.

The bomber carried advanced cruise missiles as part of a Defense Department program to retire 400 of the missiles, the Military Times said, quoting three officers who spoke on condition they remain anonymous because they were not authorized to discuss the incident.The officers said the nuclear warheads should have been removed before the missiles were mounted onto pylons under the bomber’s wings for the Aug. 30 flight from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, the newspaper said Wednesday.

One of the things I didn’t fully explain in that other post was that I’m not really expecting some kind of stupid incident to lead to a full-scale nuclear exchange. Rather, I expect either some kind of accident or the use of nuclear weapons between two regional powers, and that only after such a thing happens will the world get serious about nuclear disarmament. That’s one of the reasons I chose that scenario for Communion of Dreams.

Anyway, you gotta chuckle at the following comment in regards to the above news story:

An Air Force spokesman, Lt. Col. Ed Thomas, told the Military Times that the weapons were in Air Force control at all times and the missiles were safely transferred.

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“Air Force standards are very exacting when it comes to munitions handling,” Thomas said. “The weapons were always in our custody and there was never a danger to the American public.”

Yeah, they were always in your custody. You just forgot where the damned things were. Hard to protect something when you lose track of it, eh?

Jim Downey


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