Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Oops: "Er, did I just hit the wrong button?"

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From the Department of My Ass is in a Sling Now comes this story from Thomas E. Ricks at the Washington Post: U.S. Missile Goes Astray in Qatar.
A U.S. Army unit mistakenly launched a Patriot PAC-3 antiaircraft missile from an American base in the Persian Gulf country of Qatar, U.S. military officials said.
With the missiles costing $4 million a piece, that's a pretty expensive boo-boo.
Military officials were reluctant to discuss the incident, partly because it is embarrassing and partly because the government of Qatar prefers that the U.S. military maintains a low profile in that country.
And accidentally blasting a $4 million missile into the air so that it lands on a farm owned by the royal family isn't keeping a low profile...

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