I prefer to get my news about the US from outside of the US. Oh there is that little matter of how the mainstream media in the US sometimes obscures, or waters down at best, the news it chooses to publish.
Well here is a little explosive story I missed in the US media. And I do read some US mainstream media.
Anyway, a news report in South Africa's Mail and Guardian tells of a B-52 bomber that was "mistakingly" loaded with five nuclear warheads and flown clear across the continental US.
Yeah you read that right. "Mistakingly" loaded with nuclear warheads. This happened last week and Thursday.
The report says that the "B-52 flew from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota to
Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana ..."
The 'mistake' was not discovered until the B-52 landed at Barskdale. This means that the nuclear warheads were just hanging there for what is approximately a 4 hour flight between North Dakota and Louisiana.
What a f*ck-up hey?
But don't be too worried though. Lt-Col Ed Edward Thomas, a spokesperson for the US Airforce, says that "All evidence we have seen so far points to an isolated mistake ..."
Geez thanks Thomas. I feel a whole lot better knowing that some of the morons you train to kill brown people in Iraq and Afghanistan could also wipe out the US.
By mistake, of course.
An investigation has been launched even as you read this. And, Thomas wants you to know that:"It is important to note that munitions were safe, secure and under military control at all times. The error was discovered by airmen during internal air force checks. The weapons were safe and remained in air force control and custody at all times ..."
Let me see if I get that logic: The Air Force was in control of nuclear warheads it did not know was strapped to a
B-52 bomber on an otherwise routine flight from North Dakota to Louisiana.
The US Military and the Pentagon, of course, won't comment on the incident. But the report says that "one defence official confirmed the missiles were nuclear."
Now where would we be today if that plane went down? By mistake, of course.
A comment at the The Scotsman International offers a little Biblical directive with this passage: " ... for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword." (Matthew 26:52)
By mistake though? Who knows hey?
All I know is that Bush says Iran can't be trusted with nuclear warheads because they are not a "not a force for good" in the world.
Well if Iran really has plans to attack the US with their Chinese-made nuclear warheads, they should just cool their jets. The US military, it seems, has all the know-how to get the job done by themselves.
By mistake, of course.