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Brussels gossip

I wasn't there myself, so this may be a vicious rumour, but apparently there was a session earlier today at the European Parliament on the proposed missile defence shield, where a presenter from the US Department of Defense, trying to convince an audience of sceptical MEPs, screwed up the PowerPoint presentation by repeatedly skipping to the wrong slide.

This is one subject where you really don't want people to start wondering what happens if someone in the Pentagon accidentally pushes the wrong button!

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crazysoph
Jun. 28th, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
...apparently there was a session earlier today at the European Parliament on the proposed missile defence shield, where a presenter from the US Department of Defense, trying to convince an audience of sceptical MEPs, screwed up the PowerPoint presentation by repeatedly skipping to the wrong slide.

How... uhm, inspiring.

Crazy(of what it's inspiring, I'll refrain from telling)Soph
xnamkrad
Jun. 29th, 2007 10:47 am (UTC)
I once met a former Irish Army officer. After being commissioned he was sent on an exchange program to the Pentagon. During his time there he was asked to help referee a war-game exercise. This was at the height of the cold-war in teh early 80's and the scenario was a massive armoured assualt by the Soviets. Almost from the word go the commanders wanted to use tactical nukes, and after much arguments - they launched at a town, and wiped out major elements of three divisions. The only problem was that while the higher command was arguing the case, local commanders had counter attacked and retaken the town - so the three divisons lost were part of the US Army.
The really scary part of this according to him, was they actually had time (it was a 'turn based' rather than 'real time') to think what they were doing. Lets just say he didnt have much confidence in their C&C after that.
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