Monday, January 23, 2006

It's (Probably) Not a War

The Washington Post reports:

An air defense exercise that had been scheduled to be held last night and early today in the Washington area was postponed because of poor weather, but will be held tonight and early tomorrow if skies are clear enough, military officials said.

The exercise is to use fighters, helicopters and small aircraft flying at low altitudes along the Potomac River and around the District. It is designed to test plans for identifying and intercepting air threats.

The exercises are being conducted by the continental U.S. component of the North American Aerospace Defense Command --NORAD--in coordination with a number of other government agencies. Such exercises have been conducted since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

I'm going to give the military the benefit of the doubt here and assume the weather requirements have more to do with observing the exercise than actual performance. Either that or we all must pray for endless years of clear weather.

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