Monday, March 19, 2007


Buried in an article about the jet-figher race between the U.S. and China is this reassuring anecdote about the vaunted F-22 Raptor, which is supposed to be America's main warplane and costs a trim $300 million per plane:

a group of eight Raptors en route from Hawaii to an American Air Base on Okinawa turned back suddenly for what the Air Force said were “operational reasons.” Later, it emerged that the real problem was a software glitch that was triggered when the fighters crossed the international date line. The bug scrambled the Raptor’s navigation and communications systems and, in the words of CNN, left the craft "deaf, dumb and blind."
Our tax dollars at work, ladies and gentlemen. Maybe we should limit ourselves to enemies on this side of the date line. I think the Ecuadoreans could be taken down a couple notches...