Somebody pushed the wrong button at shift change?
I’m skeptical about that excuse for what was the apparently erroneous warning that nuclear missiles were on their way to Hawaii.
But even if that is really what happened, for nearly 40 minutes people in Hawaii, residents and tourists, thought they were about to die in a nuclear attack.
Awful. Just horrible.
But I don’t have to imagine what it was like.
For those of us of a certain age, we can remember the height of the Cold War and the constant threat of nuclear war between the two Super Powers, the United States and the Soviet Union.
Monthly drop drills were part of our schooling, as if crawling under my school desk was going to save me from a hydrogen bomb likely to hit Los Angeles.
And then there was the week in October of 1963 when the Kennedy administration went eyeball to eyeball with the Russians over missiles in Cuba.
None of us thought we would survive.
For all the troubles in the world over the past decades I have often commented that at least our kids don’t have to go through that.
Thank you, Donald Trump.
You’ve made America afraid again.