My earlier article on this is here.
The official story is that the apparent missile launch off California last week was an airplane’s contrail.
Now, we have this from an interview between Sean Hannity and a Lt. General McInerney:
“Sean… I’ve watched that film 10 times, I’ve watched 15 other Trident films, SM 3.. Standard missile threes, and T Lam launches…. I am absolutely certain that that is not an aircraft.”
Looking at Lt. General McInerney’s Wikipedia page, I’d say the man has a ton of experience and probably knows what he’s talking about.
And from here:
“a Chinese Navy Jin class ballistic missile nuclear submarine, deployed secretly from its underground home base on the south coast of Hainan island, launched an intercontinental ballistic missile from international waters off the southern California coast.”
Now, that’s very interesting, if true. I watched the video, too, and I observed seeing the glow from the exhaust, which was clearly oriented downward much like the launch of the space shuttle main booster exhaust. You can see much more than just the contrail; you can see the glow from the rocket exhaust lighting up the contrail. I have never seen any commercial airliner produce the same effect at the same orientation.
I am leaning toward the missile-launch hypothesis, mostly because of my own opinion of the video, and Lt. General McInerney’s professional opinion. And after all, it’s not like we have any particular reason to trust what our government tells us about this sort of incident. Covering up incidents like this is almost a habit, to our military. Their default position on almost anything is “You don’t need to know.”
Here’s the deal: Either this whole incident is, literally, nothing; or it is a show of force right under our noses, demonstrating that somebody (perhaps China) has the capability of putting a nuclear weapon equipped ballistic missile right through our defenses. If it was a missile, our military was caught flat-footed and defenseless.
Make of it what you will; not 100% certain, but that’s what it looks like to me.