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December 19, 2013

The man with the football—the military aide who carries the U.S. nuclear codes, and who travels with the president—is carrying the wrong code.

He’s carrying last month’s code, or the one from December 2012.
And there’s a crisis—a series of dots on a radar screen traveling toward the continental U.S.—and the president is alerted. He’s in the holding room at a fundraiser out west. The man with the football is called in and he fumbles around in his briefcase and gets the code but wait, the date on the code is wrong. He scrambles, remembers there’s a file on his phone, but the phone ran out on the plane and he thought he could recharge in the holding room but there’s no electrical outlet. All eyes turn to him. “Wait—wait. No—uh—I don’t think that’s the code we use to launch against incoming from North Korea, I think that one takes out Paris!” Incompetence - Peggy Noonan's Blog

Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 19, 2013 10:24 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Yes, there is the matter of the football and the codes. Don't want to screw that one up. Does Obama care? He's so seemingly out of touch with events he might say he only read about the attack in the NYT, if he is still around to comment.

Posted by: Jimmy J. at December 19, 2013 11:04 AM

Misc thoughts:

Jimmy Cater did not want the briefcase man near him.

I read an article the other day how the launch codes were "000000" because that was easiest code to have at the time of crisis.

We didn't activate the Emergency Broadcast System on 9/11.

Posted by: Potsie at December 19, 2013 12:01 PM

The 0000 code was begun in the 1960s under JFK, I believe. It was the military's attempt to square the circle of being ready for war and coping with feckless, Hamlet-impersonating politicians.

It's really interesting reading. Google Permissive Action Links (PAL) and browse through the links.

BTW, our nukes are aging. We haven't tested them in years. They degrade over time, such as the tritium gas, IIRC. Under The New Start Treaty, supported by hippies and RINOs, the US must cut it's number of weapons to 1500 and the Russians are allowed to modernize and increase their nukes. Our politicians have given up on defending the USA, they are in the business of showing each other how reckless they can be, at our expense.

Posted by: Scott M at December 19, 2013 12:42 PM

Silly Scott, you act as though government cared about its people at some point in the past.

Posted by: Potsie at December 19, 2013 12:54 PM

How did we miss this one:


"AS his popularity plummets to historic lows and his presidential legacy is in tatters, BARACK OBAMA has suffered a shocking secret meltdown.

White House insiders say the deeply depressed Commander-in-Chief is hardly eating or sleeping, hasn’t talked to First Lady Michelle, 49, in weeks and is convinced everyone hates him!

“Barack is shattered that his presidency and his life are in free-fall,” says a source.

“He can’t believe the American public has turned on him so viciously, mainly because of the Obamacare disaster. No one has been able to help him.

“Michelle has tried everything she can to comfort him, but he just snaps, ‘Go away. Leave me alone.’

“Barack watches news reports, reads the papers and sees the shocking poll results – and he loses it.

“When he saw one report that his approval rating had plummeted to a staggeringly low 37 percent, he had a total meltdown.

“He buried his head in his hands, saying, ‘Everybody hates me.’ When he raised his head, his eyes were glistening with tears.

“He’s lost the confidence and affection of the public that he so desperately needs to go on with the hardest job in the world.

A recent CBS poll said the 52-year-old President has a lower job approval rating than Toronto Mayor Rob Ford – who admitted to smoking crack and is still five points HIGHER than Obama!

“That was the last straw for Barack,” says the insider. “He was mortified and humiliated.”

Posted by: Fat Man at December 19, 2013 2:38 PM

@Fat Man, then I suggest the rotten slug should take a 3 week vacation in Hawaii so he can recharge and regroup. Maybe a volcano will blow.

Posted by: ghostsniper at December 19, 2013 6:07 PM

I wonder if Peggy thought about "launch codes" back in 2008?

As far as Mr. Obama is concerned - at least Richard Nixon had the balls to sneak out of the White House and talk to bemused students at the Lincoln Memorial.

Posted by: Pappy at December 19, 2013 6:25 PM

And pictures of Nixon wandering the halls of the White HOuse at midnight, muttering to himself,... and Henry Kissinger.

Posted by: vanderleun at December 19, 2013 7:35 PM

Send in Nurse Ratched.

Posted by: Fat Man at December 19, 2013 7:48 PM

I'm so glad that the Pegster has come up with a hot new title for her blog. And so appropriate.

Posted by: Rob De Witt at December 19, 2013 7:51 PM

I don't think everyone hates him... I am sure cocoboy is still found of him.

Posted by: Potsie at December 19, 2013 8:36 PM

Putin loves him, (but in a manly way). Vlad can play at empire again.

Posted by: John the River at December 19, 2013 9:51 PM

The country that hired, trained, and promoted Curtis LeMay did care about the outcome. It was rightly prepared to melt the opposition. It should have melted the opposition.

Posted by: Scott M at December 20, 2013 12:44 AM

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