The Patriot Missile: A Hero (to Raytheon Shareholders.)
But a U.S. Ambassador called it "a negligible military asset."
“How the Patriot Missile Became a Hero to Ukraine War” ran a June 11 headline in the Wall Street Journal. When the Journal flacks a weapon system deemed long ago in classified U.S. diplomatic traffic as a “negligible military asset,” you have to know something fishy is going on. The story extolled the wondrous performance of the weapon in downing no less than six Russian KH-47 Kinzhal hypersonic missiles early in the morning of May16. Such at least was the claim by Ukrainian defense officers provided to, and unhesitatingly accepted by, Journal reporters. “No one was 100% sure that the Patriot was capable of destroying a Kh-47 hypersonic missile,” one Ukrainian military commander was reported as saying. “Ukrainians proved it.”
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