Big bomb is troubling addition to U.S. arsenal

November 20, 2011

The spirit of Dr. Strangelove is alive and well.

The Sun's fawning coverage of Boeing's Massive Ordnance Penetrator, the Air Force's newest weapon, and the casual talk of enemies (the locker room lexicon of war as if war were play) made me wince, but it shouldn't surprise anyone ("Big bomb's away for Boeing," Nov. 18).

Predictably, protecting soldiers was noted to justify this latest bunker-busting gizmo. But all these advances in American weaponry are predicated on our perpetual quest for world hegemony — and the continual deployment of soldiers in endless war.

John G. Bailey, Edgemere

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