September 17, 2002

Birds of War

I suppose it is because we are few and far between, we country folk, in southwest Virginia. Not many of us to complain about it. Or maybe it has to do the the mountainous terraine being like the evil-country-dujour, for simulation purposes. I dunno why. But we are on the training flight path for fighter jets.

They always come in twos. We usually miss the first one, since the actual plane passes low over our ridge and disappears before the sound of it reaches our ears. We often see the second one (F16's as far as I can tell) following just outside the tubulence trail of the first....black, armed, menacing... a disturbing disjunction in our country days or nights. A necessary evil, I suppose, in our high-tech war-from-a-distance preparedness.

Ominous signs: this week, the jet fighters have been replaced by fat, lumbering, four-prop troop carrying aircraft. These will carry low-tech, flesh and blood, up-close-and-personal persons to the evil empire of the day. It is not a compforting thought to think that our son or yours may be flying in planes like this soon.

This just in: Castro Weaponizes West Nile Virus.

I wonder: do we have enough planes?


Posted by fred1st at September 17, 2002 05:47 AM
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Hmmm. Interesting. But I've not heard of this news source. What's the background? I note the Washington Times link in their navigation bar--an outfit I don't take at face value.

Posted by: sainteros at September 17, 2002 08:54 AM

Huh? You mean we have to have actual FACTS before we make plans to rain bombs on the nation of our choice? Well, there's a new concept.

Yes, this did seem a bit 'National Enquirish' to me, too. But hey... if it points in the direction of doing something that 'the boys' want to do anyway, I guess it'll do as 'evidence' these days, eh?

Posted by: fredf at September 17, 2002 10:49 AM

If the west nile we have now is an example of a cuban "weaponized" virus, then we have nothing to fear.

In fact, if one is afraid of west Nile, the absolute best thing to do is to make sure you catch it before the age of 60. It only kills old people, and those who have already had it, who probably didn't even notice that they had been exposed, develop an immune response.

Posted by: bigwig at September 17, 2002 10:11 PM

Ah....in that case, I think I will order a truckload of old tires today! Only have a few more years of immunological competence left, other forms having expired already.

Yes, this Cuba thing was a 'weak link' for sure (jaundiced journalism) but just happened across my browser as I was finishing up the little warplane lament. I do wonder what our threshold for intervention with various villians might be under the new Plan. And being okay for us to prophylactically punish and remove, are we going to think it's okay when others want to play by the same rules...say, India in regards to Pakistan?

Oh, my head. Its way too early to solve world problems. I can't even find my socks.

Posted by: fredf at September 18, 2002 04:39 AM

What? Politics at Goose Creek?

Say it ain't so!

Posted by: Meryl Yourish at September 20, 2002 09:39 AM

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