“The White House response to the incident has been jaw dropping,” writes John Noonan, a former Air Force missile launch officer. He contends that, despite the official line that this is “not that big of a deal,” it’s actually a huge deal, and underscores the need to update aging delivery systems. Noonan suggests that this could impact the debate over ratification of New START; my sense is that that treaty was already on shaky ground.
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