The “mystery missile” which appeared off the coast west of Los Angeles on Tuesday is still a mystery in the minds of many. The Department of Defense first said “we don’t know what it is but it wasn’t us” while at the same time NORAD said the flying object posed no threat to the U.S. I’m not sure how both those statements could have been true simultaneously. The Pentagon now says that the “missile” wasn’t a missile at all, but a jet, the contrails of which sometimes appear to be traveling vertically in the sky when in fact they are traveling horizontally. However, neither the Pentagon nor the FAA has identified the particular airplane or flight. And, looking at the video, I have to say it looks like a missile launched from below, not an airplane streaking across the sky. That’s what Amb. Robert Ellsworth, a former Deputy Secretary of Defense, also seems to think:
The somewhat blase attitude of many people for the past couple of days regarding the Mystery Missile is interesting, and possibly refreshing. Does it mean we are all jaded? If we were in the Cold War 1950s and 60s, there probably would have been a major panic about the Russkies invading, and our Nike Missile defense system might have been activated.
However, if you are unsatisified as to the Pentagon’s somewhat vague explanation and would prefer to indulge in conspiracy other theories, let’s hear them. I am soliciting guesses as to the true source of L.A.’s Mystery Missile. Was it:
A. A U.S. submarine-based missile test firing that the Pentagon doesn’t want to talk about;
B. A missile test-fired from a sub from China, North Korea, or another foreign country;
C. A jet;
D. Aliens escaping from Area 51;
E. Meg Whitman leaving her secret villain’s lair in her escape capsule (h/t to Mike Winder’s Facebook friend for that one); or
F. Something else?