Re: India's Nuclear test a failure? - What do you think!

Rohit Khare (
Tue, 19 May 1998 21:31:35 -0700

Well, I just asked former Secretary of Defense William Perry and got
a fun non-answer: "I am glad to say I honestly have no idea [whether
the thermonuclear test succeeded or failed]. I'll be briefed in a day
or two, and then I'll have to hem and haw, but for now I don't have to
hedge my bets."

My take: low-yield could in fact be a sign of a well-engineered trigger, since
pouring on more hydrogen just gets you to the megaton range. Of course, the
only reason for that hunch is that the Administration would have leaked that
failure, if it was one, much earlier in the news cycle.

But it doesn't help that Indian politicians are putting out such transparent
lies as "oh, the seismic waves cancelled each other out".