Anti-missile defense deployed untested
The event actually happened; the briefing, I suspect, did not. Nonetheless, the words put into the General's mouth are close to the truth, as near as I can tell [from Bob Park's What's New of 30 July].
MISSILE DEFENSE: INTERCEPTOR EMPLACED IN SILO AT FORT GREELY.
"It marks the end of an era during which we could not defend our caribou against long-range ballistic missile attacks," General Persiflage told reporters at a Missile Defense Agency briefing. Alas, I was the only one there; everyone else was covering the
campaign. "But is it true," I asked, "that the interceptor has not been tested?" "Of course," he snapped, "the whole purpose of a missile defense is to sow doubt in the mind of any would-be attacker. All testing would do is remove the uncertainty."
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