Why the hubbub over a B-52 taking off from a B-52 base in Minot, North Dakota
and subsequently landing at a B-52 base in Barksdale, Louisiana? That’s
like getting excited if you see a postal worker in uniform walking out of a post
office. And how does someone watching a B-52 land identify the cruise missiles
as nukes? It just does not make sense.
So I called a old friend and retired B-52 pilot and asked him. What he told
me offers one compelling case of circumstantial evidence. My buddy, let’s
call him Jack D. Ripper, reminded me that the only times you put weapons on
a plane is when they are on alert or if you are tasked to move the weapons to
a specific site.
Then he told me something I had not heard before.
Barksdale Air Force Base is being used as a jumping off point for Middle East
operations. Gee, why would we want cruise missile nukes at Barksdale Air Force
Base. Can’t imagine we would need to use them in Iraq. Why would we want
to preposition nuclear weapons at a base conducting Middle East operations?
His final point was to observe that someone on the inside obviously leaked
the info that the planes were carrying nukes. A B-52 landing at Barksdale is
a non-event. A B-52 landing with nukes. That is something else.
Now maybe there is an innocent explanation for this? I can’t think of
one. What is certain is that the pilots of this plane did not just make a last
minute decision to strap on some nukes and take them for a joy ride. We need
some tough questions and clear answers. What the hell is going on? Did someone
at Barksdale try to indirectly warn the American people that the Bush Administration
is staging nukes for Iran? I don’t know, but it is a question worth asking.