Welcome to your Friday favorite – “Caught My Eye!” Thanks for stopping by, and let me be one of the first to wish you a happy Thanksgiving!
If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, the “Caught My Eye” column is posted every Friday morning! This is when I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm just to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little.
Today I write about closing a missile squadron, Daines and the poll, Missile Force “burnout,” the Senate Nuclear Option, Update on Kelsey Sue Anderson, the wrong big plane, Brawl of the Wild, friendly wager, JFK 50 years, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud.
There seems to be an on-going problem in the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) world these days, and that problem can be described in military terms as failure to pay attention to detail.
It does not appear that a shiny new checklist will correct the problem, either (that’s military humor in case you were wondering).
On Tuesday, the Associated Press (AP) reported, “Twice this year alone, Air Force officers entrusted with the launch keys to nuclear-tipped missiles have been caught leaving open a blast door that is intended to help prevent a terrorist or other intruder from entering their underground command post.”
One incident happened at Minot Air Force Base (AFB) in North Dakota; the other happened at Malmstrom AFB in Montana.
Of course commanders and the public affairs personnel at these bases will tell the public and the media that all is safe, secure, and that we civilians shouldn’t worry because everything is under control.
With so many screw-ups recently, that song is starting to grow old. In August, Malmstrom failed a nuclear inspection. In April, Minot failed a nuclear inspection. Something needs to change and to change quickly. Continue reading →
It would be nice if we all lived in peace and harmony in a place where we could leave our doors unlocked, the keys in our car, and we would never worry about theft or vandalism. When looking at our world, it would also be nice if every country in the world got along with one another and there were no wars or conflicts. It would also be nice to have a safe world – a world where we do not need weapons to annihilate each other. It would even be wonderful if there were no nuclear weapons in the world.
But we don’t live in a place like that. I never have. My children probably won’t either.
Today we are hearing that Iran is well on their way to developing a nuclear weapon. The Associated Press reported, “Iran claimed Wednesday that it has taken two major steps toward mastering the production of nuclear fuel.”
Word spread quickly about 50 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) at F.E. Warren AFB in Wyoming being knocked off-line due to a power outage for about 45 minutes.
Later it was disclosed that the problem was due to a computer glitch.
Calm down folks, it’s no big deal – unless there were UFOs circling the missile squadron.
It was also not Matthew Broderick and his girlfriend Ally Sheedy playing “Global Thermal Nuclear War” either. We all remember the words, “Shall We Play a Game?” from the 1983 movie, WarGames, don’t we? Continue reading →