Five “We Almost Nuked Ourselves” Stories

Posted: October 16, 2010 in Uncategorized
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As I was reading 5 times we almost nuked ourselves, I thought…plausible, perhaps.  I don’t pay too much attention to the nuclear power plant stuff regardless.

Of course the whole premise of ‘we almost nuked ourselves’ is quite bogus.  Better would be the ‘Yes, nuclear mistakes were made’ language of another political era but that’s lousy copy compared to ‘we almost nuked ourselves.’

Probably the most serious event involving U.S. nuclear weapons isn’t even mentioned, the January 21, 1968, airborne fire in a B-52 with a nuclear payload near Greenland. There, the crew had to bail out and the unmanned Buff then crashed about seven miles from the early warning radar station at Thule.

The crash and the less developed nuclear weapons safety technology of the time could have theoretically triggered a nuclear explosion, but instead yielded perhaps the world’s first dirty bomb via the radioactive contamination released in the crash and explosion.

Anyone who says today is more dangerous than the dark days of the Cold War is, IMHO, either ignorant or stupid or a combination thereof. Then, our national survival could be considered at-risk every day.  Now?  Not so much.

Instead, today’s warning systems are improved, nuclear safety is improved, and processes and procedures are improved.  The political environment is much different and has been for almost two decades.


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