Tomahawk Diplomacy

It's a brilliant little machine, but it can't hit everything, and it doesn't do politics

Hitler called his cruise missiles Vergeltungswaffen--vengeance weapons--but the Londoners who were their targets scornfully dubbed them doodlebugs. In the summer of 1944, more than 2,400 of the V-1 buzz bombs fell on England as the Nazi dictator made a last, futile attempt to break Britain's will. A half-century and a technological revolution later, the cruise missile has evolved into a superbly accurate flying bomb that can hit almost any spot on earth. It has also become President Bill Clinton's weapon of choice to provide the explosive oomph to back up his foreign and security policy. It is small and expensive, but...

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