nuclear fuses? what nuclear fuses?

by lestro

oh! you mean the ones we didn’t even know we lost?

“The U.S. Air Force mistakenly shipped fuses that are used in nuclear weapons to Taiwan in 2006, believing the crates contained helicopter batteries, officials at the Pentagon announced this morning.

The error — undetected by the United States until last week, despite repeated inquiries by Taiwan — raises questions about how carefully the Pentagon safeguards its weapons systems.”

I am at a complete loss on this one. Yet not surprised. Goooooo Romper Room!

and this is obviously a lie:

“There are multiple players, there are multiple parties involved,” said Ryan Henry, principal undersecretary of defense policy. “We’ll do a thorough investigation, and those who are found responsible will be held accountable.”

No one has EVER been held responsible for ANYTHING in the Bush administration. With the possible exception of Brownie, who was doing a heckuva job until a scape goat was needed.

But luckily, the US moved quickly when it realized its mistake, right?

Henry, who called the error “disconcerting,” said the government of Taiwan acted “very responsibly,” quickly notifying the United States that the four boxes it received in the fall of 2006 did not appear to contain what the country had ordered. However, both he and Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne added, more than a year passed before the United States realized what had been shipped and moved to get the fuses back.

“It wasn’t until this week that we became aware that they had something akin to a nose-cone assembly,” Ryan said. “There were early communications, but we thought we were hearing one thing, and in reality they were saying something different.”

What the fuck?

Well, it’s not like these things could be dangerous in the wrong hands, right?

Wynne described the devices as “the electrical firing mechanism that allows” an intercontinental ballistic missile “to detonate — just like the fuse on a stick of dynamite.”

son of a bitch. but don’t worry, at least Taiwan has their shit together:

The devices — which, when attached to a missile, help launch the detonating process –have been returned to the United States, and President Bush has been briefed.

The Bush Administration: Keeping America safe since 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, February, 9:30 this morning.

One Response to nuclear fuses? what nuclear fuses?

  1. shocking as it may seem after a mere decade of inaction, the AP reports:

    Defense Secretary Robert Gates ousted the Air Force’s top military and civilian leaders Thursday, holding them to account in a historic Pentagon shake-up after embarrassing nuclear mix-ups.

    Gates announced at a news conference that he had accepted the resignations of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley and Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne – a highly unusual double firing.

    Gates said his decision was based mainly on the damning conclusions of an internal report on the mistaken shipment to Taiwan of four Air Force electrical fuses for ballistic missile warheads. And he linked the underlying causes of that slip-up to another startling incident: the flight last August of a B-52 bomber that was mistakenly armed with six nuclear-tipped cruise missiles.

    The report drew the stunning conclusion that the Air Force’s nuclear standards have been in a long decline, a “problem that has been identified but not effectively addressed for over a decade.”

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