But Command and Control will leave readers of any age with a deep unease about our ability—to say nothing of, say, Pakistan’s—to handle these weapons safely. Schlosser wrote the book in the hope of reviving America’s long-dormant debate about "the most dangerous machines ever invented." Fortunately, he delivers a page-turner, not a doorstop.
This seems fairly horrifying. I went through NBC (nuclear, biological, and chemical) class when I was in the Army, and I’ve never been the same. The weapons we’ve created are simply unbelievable.
The notion of Pakistan having weapons like these, when Bin Laden was found hiding down the street from their military headquarters, is unsettling.
At times it makes you wonder: if this is the type of threat we’re up against, does it justify any of the lunacy we’re seeing with the intelligence services today? Are they actually trying to protect us from this stuff? Do they know something we don’t?
Could it be that they know something we don’t about how close we are to a civilization-altering event? What would that be like? To know that, and to be in charge of defending against it, but to be unable to say anything to gain support for your actions because that would cause a panic.
I’m not saying this is happening. I’m just saying that, if it were, wouldn’t it look much like what we’re seeing today?
Anyway. It’s time to evolve past these weapons.