The US military is practicing shooting down hijacked civilian airliners:
“I would take issue with anyone who would say the men and women in our armed forces are trigger happy,” Eberhart said at a breakfast meeting with reporters. “I’m more worried that they would be trigger hesitant than trigger happy. We have long discussions with people to see if they’re ready to do this.”
This is a disaster waiting to happen. How long before a transceiver on a commercial passenger jet craps out and someone overreacts and orders it taken out?
I’m pretty sure that the families of the four Canadian soldiers killed by US military pilots in Afghanistan would take issue with his claim the US armed forces aren’t trigger happy. Perhaps they should get Majors Schmidt and Umbach back on the job. No fears of them being “trigger hesitant”!