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Who’s Keeping Us Safe At Night?

October 22, 2013

WASHINGTON  — 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 prevent a terrorist or other intruder from entering their underground command post, Air Force officials have told The Associated Press.

http://news.msn.com/us/nuke-weapons-officers-left-security-door-open

Interestingly, one of the officers was a woman. I wonder what demographic category the other offending officer represented.  When one takes into account the percentages, having at least 50 percent of the offenders being women is quite a high number indeed.

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5 Comments
  1. Chloe permalink

    It just so happens that I was wondering how you were doing yesterday, and here you are. Good to see you are still posting. You removed your favorites (all but one, so now I can’t know how you’re doing :).. that’s not checking up, it’s honest caring).
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    True, we don’t know if the other person in that duo was a woman. We do know that in the other reported case, they were two men. I believe your knowledge, since you have been credible in the past, but I didn’t see an article notation that 50 percent of the offenders are/were women. Must have missed it.

    Unless your point is that – in one case, two were men; and in the other case, they were probably both women. So yes, that would be 50%.

    I do agree that it would be a serious breach in policy to leave the door open when one is asleep. As they noted at the end of that rather long (and repetitive in their point) article that with the Cold War over, we’ve mentally relaxed somewhat; yet, we still need to maintain security, as an intruder could make a President weak and ineffective, and would put a timely amount of pressure on the Pentagon.

    However, I tend to agree with the former Officer that the positions should be removed; a lack of responsibility such as these aren’t worth the potential consequences.

  2. Thanks for your comment and interest. Hope all is well with you.

    I do a lot more writing than publishing, unfortunately I have a lot of thoughts and insights that I really believe to be original or at least distinct, but seem unable to share them in what I consider to be an interesting or quality manner.

    I’ve tried short..long…excerpts from others…etc…etc….just can’t seem to get where I want to go,.

    In any event…

    We do know that a woman was involved in one of the two instances being discussed in the article. I can see how I wasn’t clear in making my point that of the two crews involved, one of those two included a woman.

    As far as the other reported case, I’m not sure where it stated that both of the crew members involved were men, but in reality it doesn’t matter as I wasn’t limiting my demographic investigation solely to gender.

    Just as an aside, even if I was, I’m not suggesting that women are incapable of keeping a door closed, just that when standards are lowered for whatever reason, “unforeseen” consequences might be the result,

    • Chloe permalink

      I had wondered how your health condition had changed. In one of your comments in another public blog (in your ‘favorites’ here), you had publicly stated how things were at that time, that alarmed me, so I thought perhaps I could publicly address it, as well.

      If you prefer not to comment, I’ll understand, but would like to express that I hope it is no longer as ‘dire’ as you previously implied. Oh wait, you did make a few statements on your own Column in the past. I’m just explaining why I have a ‘comfort level’ in asking questions, and that being ‘assuming’ or pushy is not my intention, if you might have thought so.

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      Thank you for commenting on your writing. It is interesting to me to read your thoughts, since you always did a lot of writing in the past, and were/are very good at it, imo. And, it’s because you have, as you point out, some very original [and distinct] views. Or, at least, they contrast the typical liberal media views. Also, your critiquing of those reports uses an esoteric approach, possibly causing missing the point by many [including me], but it makes your writing challenging and unique.

      I remember others in the past criticizing you for that, suggesting you were being deceptive. In some cases, you might have been [recalling one time when you pretended to take the other side as a means of making a point – many of your readers totally missed it – but then we have to know the author and their style to understand them, sometimes]. Anyway, you are a good writer and someone that has something to say, not just saying something.

      ” I can see how I wasn’t clear in making my point that of the two crews involved, one of those two included a woman. ” ..

      Oh, I didn’t have an issue with that, because I ‘did’ read the report…the person at fault was stated to be a woman, and they didn’t tell us what gender her Superior was…I was just guessing she might have been a woman, and thought you might have been too, with your 50% comment.

      As for others, I thought it was stated the other incident [in the last year?] were two men. Sorry if I’m wrong on that..too lazy to go back and look again. It doesn’t matter.

      ” I’m not suggesting that women are incapable of keeping a door closed, just that when standards are lowered for whatever reason, “unforeseen” consequences might be the result, ” ..

      Yes, and that’s exactly how I originally interpreted you… and agree.

      You caused me to think about the vast examples we now have in life where that ‘reality’ comes to light.

      Making sense and doing *what’s best for our nation* doesn’t come first anymore — it seems to be about money, personal pride, with demographics and genders wanting to feel ‘equal’ so that no one has more control over another. It doesn’t work; it just means standards are lower, things are broken or don’t work right, and values are lost or changed.

      As you might remember, I’ve always tended to support the view a man ‘might’ have…I say might, because there are many men that aren’t bothered by the switch in gender priority, or favoritism, however it should be described.

      I agree with them that women are very intellectually capable and competent in many of those managerial situations. But there’s something else that bothers me about it… I’ve gone into all that many times in the past, so won’t repeat. I’ll end it with, the same problems exist… all we’ve done is turned the tables, and created a new set of minorities, and a new set of values… which leads to no longer having a set meaning for ‘qualified.’ ..Now, ‘everyone’ is qualified, it seems.

      Sorry to elaborate… you bring that out in me. LOL

      Best regards.

      • Hi. I see it has been almost three weeks making this response more than a bit tardy.

        Hope all is well with you and yours and I again apologize for my inability to energize myself appropriately.

  3. Chloe permalink

    Hopefully, no news is good news. No apology is necessary, but thank you kindly. Good to hear from you. Take care, my friend.

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