Friday, February 22, 2008

It's a Hit!

The errant satellite has been successfully hit and destroyed by an Aegis launched missile.
If you see the press briefing room at the Pentagon, and the lack of reporters ( it looks
like a concert for Vanilla Ice), you may get an idea on how many in the media consider this a story worth reporting. I guess they're all busy covering the latest Obama rally and how girls young and old are fainting at the candidate's feet.

Here, in the briefing room of the Pentagon, the reporters that are there, most likely reluctantly, as a matter of course, needed to imply that this was a veiled attempt at testing out an element of missile defense.
They just can't help being annoying, misinformed, and counter productive, can they?

Ya gotta love the press.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally agree. If the military had instead announced they were launching a target satellite to shoot down, there would have been a big hoopala in the press about the USA threatening the world's satellites or something to that effect. This was perfect cover, very well done. Saving the world from the threat of hydrozine.

Remember the effort to recover a sunken Russian submarine in the 1970's that was covered by a story about deep-sea minearal mining?

Nate D.

3:40 AM  
Blogger supercublogger said...

Actually, Hydrazine is some bad stuff.

It is a colorless liquid with an ammonia-like odor and is used as a low-power mono propellant for the maneuvering thrusters of spacecraft.

I used to put it in my coffee as a cream substitute, but these days I'm trying to cut down. :)

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

whoah there, laddy! This was on the front page of NYtimes, Boston Globe, even the Worcester Telegram (below the fold in Worcester), on the day after it happened. Don't forget that half day time difference. Being a long-time Cspan junky, I can tell ya those Pentagon press briefings (say that ten times fast) can be the least informative yet wordiest wastes of time. I'd rather live where we have the Press to kick around, as opposed to China or Russia, where the party line and the headlines are written by some Winston Smith in a Minitru back office. Some say Fifth Column, I say Fourth Estate. Actually, in this case, I'm wondering what the big hurry was to destroy the thing anyway. It's pretty obvious there was something else besides hydrazine they didn't want to reach Terra Firma. What do you use as a hydrazine substitute in coffee, anyway? I'm partial to fine ion mist myself.

11:38 AM  
Blogger supercublogger said...

Oh,that's why I didn't see it. I never believe what I read in the papers. ;) Stopped pickin' em since the Jason Blairwitch Project. ;)

Seriously, glad to know they didn't drop the story.
Oh sure, C-SPAN. My old stomping ground. Love the Washington Journal. And that view!

Yeah, even that Pentagon briefings. Not known for their excitement. But compared with C-SPAN's coverage of House or Senate sessions it was a downright Irwin Allen production, in Sensaround, no less!

As the old joke goes, what are the two things hardest to watch? Making sausage and legislation.

8:38 PM  

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