quotes a source who pretty much admits that the Navy launched that missile in that time and place in order to impress an adversary. Is that why China conducted a similar test over an airport five years ago? Why are the major military forces of the world choosing this moment to drop their britches in public in order to show off what they have?
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UPDATE: This writer
believes that the very purpose of the test was to scare the populace...
The unnerving spectacle made its biggest impression on the Americans who saw it first-hand. And they were probably its chief intended audience. “Getting people really concerned in L.A.” is exactly what the regime wanted.
Why else would the government clear the skies to paint them with nuclear war games precisely when and where it would have the biggest audience with the best visibility: near a basin full of people in the most densely populated region in the country, at a time (around 6:00 pm) when it is nice and dark, yet millions would be out and about, returning from work, or heading out to dinner?
This was “Shock and Awe” for domestic consumption: an exercise in missile test terrorism. A spooked herd is an easily steered and stampeded herd. And what better way to spook the American herd than by giving it nuclear nightmares?
I can't go along with this. The best way (and cheapest) to give Americans nuclear nightmares is for administration officials to say
scary things. Remember the first Reagan administration? Remember when General Thomas Enders -- sublime name, that -- said "With enough shovels, we'll get through it"? (He was trying to reassure the populace that we could avoid nuclear radiation by burying ourselves in the ground.)
You want scary? That's
On a related note: I wonder if Obama approved the California test?