By lex, on March 31st, 2010
The Navy sends one:
The United States test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads during a joint military exercise Wednesday with Saudi Arabia, a Western military official said.
The Trident missile launch was carried out in the kingdom, the official said, but he would not give a precise location. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.
The U.S. has been strengthening missile defenses in allied Arab nations in the Gulf to help counter any potential missile strike from Iran. Like its nuclear work, Iran’s missile program is of top concern to Washington and Arab nations wary of Tehran’s growing influence in the region.
Well, I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around a US submarine launching a ballistic missile that emanated from the Kingdom, of all places. Lacking, as it does, substantial bodies of water with access to the actual sea. Or even why such a demonstration should be necessary, what with all those land-based ICBMs sitting dormant in continental silos. Nor can I remember any event wherein the US launched strategic weapons in concert with a foreign exercise.
Still, “interesting times.”
The Western military official in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, said U.S. Lt. Gen. Patrick O’Reilly, head of the Missile Defense Agency, attended the test launch.
Curiouser and curiouser.
Truth told, there’s not a fig of difference in my mind between the Saudi government and the Iranian mullacracy. They’re both right b@stards, it’s only that the former are our b@stards. Between the citizens of those two lands, I rather favor the Iranians than the subjects of the House of Saud. The one having a vast, noble and ancient history, the others bearing little more than squatters’ rights on found wealth.
More’s the pity.