A 50 Megaton Oops

When it comes to handling dangerous nuclear technology, we don’t make mistakes — we have happy accidents. Or at least that’s what I got from reading this story:


The U.S. military mistakenly shipped four fuses for nuclear missiles to Taiwan in 2006, the Pentagon said on Tuesday, adding that the parts have been returned to U.S. custody.

The military was supposed to ship helicopter batteries to Taiwan but instead sent fuses used as part of the trigger mechanism on missiles.

Why the sudden revelation of two-year-old news? To send a message to China: If you ever threaten to crack down on Taiwan like you’ve cracked down on Tibet, we could ship those fuses to Taipei on purpose.

I mean, who confuses helicopter batteries for nuclear triggers?


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