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O'Hara Factor
Sunday, October 10, 2004

Exocets?

So here we are watching Kerry talk about how we didn't try to get alliances with countries like France, Germany, and Russia, all three of which had money owed to them by Saddam's government. Now I read this in one of my textbooks.

No waters have proven more unpredictable or dangerous in recent years than those of the Persian Gulf. On April 14, 1988, almost a year after USS Stark (FFG-31) was hit by two Iraqi Exocet missiles that killed 37 sailors, USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58) was on station in the Gulf when lookouts sighted three mines.

Wait a minute. Exocets? I see. Care to guess where Exocets come from, ladies and gentlemen?

Here's a clue. Not only did Iraq use Exocets against the United States, but Argentina used Exocets against the Royal Navy in the Falklands War. Exocets are also featured in one of the best and worst movies of all time simultaneously, Top Gun. Props to the first person who correctly guesses where Exocets come from.

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