You Didn’t Happen to See Four Nose-cone Fuses for Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles Did You?

China wouldn’t be mad if we accidentally hooked Taiwan up with some ICBM technology by accident would they? I mean, it’s not like we’re arming space or anything… Uh…


WASHINGTON (CNN) — The U.S. Defense Department accidentally shipped non-nuclear ballistic missile components to Taiwan, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

Four nose-cone fuses for intercontinental ballistic missiles were shipped instead of helicopter batteries that Taiwan had requested, Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne said.

The fuses were shipped to Taiwan in 2006 and kept in a warehouse there. The Taiwanese military informed the United States last week about their presence on the island.


China has been notified. China, you might have noticed, is in a bad fucking mood due to the simmering unrest that threatens to make their precious Olympics into a legendary embarrassment.

By the way something, on her radio show last night, Rachel Maddow spoke to sports writer Dave Zirin about the likelihood of protests affecting the Olympics. Zirin, who is very good on radio, explained that countries are making it very clear to their athletes that they are not to make political statements of any kind. Zirin predicted that the most likely group of athletes to break that silence could be NBA players. Members of the Cleveland Cavs, shamefully not LeBron James, have already spoke up, calling on China to help end the genocide in Darfur. LeBron has other interests. Zirin pointed out that this is pretty weak sauce from a guy who claims to be following in the footsteps of Muhammad Ali.

Zirin wrote an article for The Nation looking at how the unrest in Tibet affects the Olympics.

5 thoughts on “You Didn’t Happen to See Four Nose-cone Fuses for Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles Did You?”

  1. You’re right. I even once installed fuses for Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles where the helicopter batteries go. Man, was I red faced that day. :)

  2. Guess my boy Lebron figures he’s got enough trajedy to witness watchin’ his supportin’ cast try to, errum, support him. It ain’t pretty. Trust me. I’m a Cavs fan.

    But, really? You can’t use ICBM fuses as Helicopter batteries? Who’d’ve thunk it?!

  3. I was going to say, “Let’s just get China a big vibrator for Valentine’s Day, and maybe they’ll forget all about it,” but I really don’t think that’s appropriate.

    In fact, I really don’t know what to say….

  4. Before I moved and had to take a different bus line, I used to pass that billboard every day. Ira Newble might be a marginal NBA player, but unlike Mr. Nike, he has cojones.

    And the missile thing was a mistake. They happen. For seven consecutive years.

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