Friday, April 23, 2010
Stupid comes in many forms
But dumb goes right to the bone.
A long time ago in a century gone by a certain super power had a certain high value target in a certain country that they really felt that if dead…would more than likely end a whole series of problems that had been…um…multiplying.
So this certain country had a certain vessel launch a certain type of missile that could hug the ground, bob, weave, and dodge till it came upon its target and then explode with righteous indignation.
And so…they did.
The only problem was…the 30 min window of the launch to target time…yeah, people are not static, and time has a propensity to multiply the opportunities for a person to move.
I picked this up from Kevin Drum over at Mother Jones, and for the life of me I laughed, posted a “been there, done that” response and went about my day…but still, this lil voice in the back of my head said, “what if…”
Dear G-d, I’m thinking, they can’t be serious.
A near 30 million dollar missile being used like a sidewinder?
They can’t be that nutty…or could they?
So I dug around and sure enough I find this article…good lord, all it takes is stupid to go viral and soon it does…
The list of things that could go wrong are staggering, but I’m just flabbergasted that this is even being considered…ICBM’s are not known for pinpoint accuracy…certainly of getting to the target zone with 30m, but not for “drop-on-top” accuracy, not to mention all the other incidentals this has going for it.
I’m not sure how you guys feel about this, but for me….this has wrong written all over it…and it makes me wince thinking about all the abuses that could go with this little device since, apparently unbeknownst to moi and vu, George W. Bush wanted the same capability.
Holy shirt birds!
Really, W. wanted this capability?
With what he did?
Oh hells no!