Chair Force Engineer

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Perhaps not the best analogy

The chief prosecutor for war crimes trials at Guantanamo compares the process to the Space Shuttle. He's trying to argue that the trials are events that seem extraordinary now, but will soon become commonplace and unremarkable.

But is that what most people think of when they hear the phrase "Space Shuttle." No way! They think of a hopelessly-complex albatross that has a significant risk of blowing up or disintegrating under intense heat and stress. Every Space Shuttle mission should be seen as a remarkable achievement of thousands of people who must do their jobs perfectly in order to get the crew back safely.

I guess the point of this little rant is that it's prudent to use the space shuttle analogy sparingly and wisely. Unless you intend to talk about risky ventures.