Revisiting 'Fail-Safe'

16 min

-Yes, Sport.

You know that chameleon you got me?

I know him well.

We talk about you all the time.

Four minutes to ready planes.

Can you get me another one?

Why, you think he needs a friend?

No, it's just that he's dead.

He was alive yesterday. What happened?

He got cooked.

-You cooked the chameleon?

-Not me, the sun.

We're supposed to keep the shade down

so the sun doesn't get on him.

I forgot, and he got cooked.

When I get home,

we'll give him a proper burial.

You mad at me, Dad?

-Of course not. This weekend--

-Tell Tommy I said hey.

Flynn says hey. I'm flying with him today.

-Is he flying Number 6?

-Are you flying Number 6?

I got to go. I'll be home soon, Sport.

-You sure?

-I'm positive.

Only fools are positive.

-I'll see you.

-I'll see you, Dad.

Three minutes to ready planes.

They're all armed with nuclear bombs.

Two kinds of bombs. Air-to-air missiles

for use against enemy planes...

...and two 20-ton hydrogen bombs

designed to detonate over land targets.

Each one more powerful

than what we dropped on Hiroshima.

No comparison.

And you guys are the finger on the trigger.

I think I know what you're worried about.

Somebody goes nuts in here,

the bombs go off and the world blows up.

No way. We have checks upon checks.

Fail Safe procedures--

That don't depend on humans.

That's the scariest thing I've heard

since I came in here.

What Colonel Cascio meant

was that we bypass human error.

Even the best people make mistakes.

We've got the very best.

They get tired, angry,

their minds can wander.

We've compensated for that.

Thanks again to Mr. Knapp

and his systems.

We make them as foolproof as we can.

Maybe you ought to have

a ''fool safe'' procedure.

Protect us from the fools in the world.

-I'd sleep a lot better.

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