Half an hour past midnight on September 26, 1983, he saw the first apparent launch on his computer monitor in a glass-walled room on the top floor of the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS) command and control post.
I just couldn’t believe that just like that, all of a sudden, someone would hurl five missiles at us. Five missiles wouldn’t wipe us out. The U.S. had not five, but a thousand missiles in battle readiness.” It just didn’t seem like any scenario considered by military intelligence before.
Originally posted by Tony Alicea:
The actual thing happened.
I saw years ago one of the "60 minutes" guys interviewing on camera the now russian peasant that prevented the annihilation of the world by good judgement.
That's the way it happened. He notices that only 5 nuclear missiles were "launched" from the USA (instead of the logical hundreds) and he made the call that it was a mistake of their equipment.
As the character played by Jon Lovitz in Saturday Night Live (the liar) said when he was told "but's that's impossible!": He answered "And yet it happened!"
Originally posted by Mapraputa Is:
The whole story looks supicious.
So he is saying that a few fired missiles were never considered in any scenario and there was no instruction how to react? I would think where it comes to starting WWIII, all possible variants should have been covered. *Now* I am scared!