Cheat-Seeking Missles

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

The Importance Of Watchfullness

This mist-shrouded concrete hut is a World War II observation post atop Diamond Head. Incredible Daughter #1 and I climbed there yesterday and learned a bit about the importance of protecting the homeland from ship-borne assaults.

The posts served a triangulation purpose. Observers at Diamond Head and observers on Mt. Tantalus would both pinpoint an incoming ship, and gunners at Ft. De Russey on Waikiki would triangulate, pinpoint the range, and fire.

It underscores the importance of knowing what's approaching our ports, even today. The UAE ports deal may have been scrubbed for security concerns (none to aggressively, it seems) -- but ask yourself this:

Would Jack Bauer let the UAE run our ports? I certainly don't think so.

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