Wednesday, September 05, 2007

He's everywhere!

Another O'Hanlon sighting!

The Military Times probably has the most detailed and authoritative report on the nuclear warheads that got shipped off to Louisiana, by accident we hope.

Before I move on to the actual subject here, I'd just like to say I hope that the Air Force is running an inventory at the base where the missiles were stored, and that they tell us about any other 'mistakes' they might find. (Fat chance, huh.)

Anyway, what struck me in the article was this paragraph:
The risk of the warheads falling into the hands of rogue nations or terrorists was minimal since the weapons never left the United States, said Michael O’Hanlon, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, an independent research and policy think tank in Washington D.C.
That's the only comment by O'Hanlon in the article, and it seems very strange to me. First of all, the 9/11 hijackers were all in the US, Timothy McVeigh was in the US, the dude that set off a bomb at the Olympics was in the US.

Second, why go to the Brooking Institute, and O'Hanlon in particular for such a dubious comment? O'Hanlon has a record of getting it all wrong on Iraq, he continues to shill for the administration, and misrepresents his past statement. He's a PhD in his mid-forties who apart from a stint in the Peace Corps has only been in 'research' positions. Never been in the military or law enforcement, but he's brought in to tell us that the risk is minimal.

It's obvious that such a toady will say just what he's supposed to say, if nothing else he knows which side his bread is buttered on, but the Military Times should do better than to print such pablum.


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