The Pentagon’s Laughable Weapons Test

Fire missile. Miss target completely. Success!

By Fred Kaplan

Posted Friday, June 20, 2003, at 11:23 AM PT

Should we laugh or cry?

It looked like a headline from the Onion, but it was from CNN and the story was real: “Missile Misses Target, Officials Call It a Success.” The Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency had conducted a test the afternoon of June 18. A Standard Missile-3, fired from a Navy cruiser 160 miles off the Hawaiian island of Kauai, tried—but failed—to intercept a target missile that had been launched a few minutes earlier from the island’s test range. And so it seemed another setback had afflicted President Bush’s most cherished military program.Slate

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