A few years back, some high-powered US diplomat or spook visited Wellington. The results of their meetings are lost in the filing cabinet, but the legend of the US departure lives on. The US jet left the capital's stunted airstrip heading into a stiff nor'wester at a damned near vertical ascent.
Using the superior design and horsepower that only the world's biggest military budget can provide, it's as if the pilot was ordered to get the fuck away from that miserable, pokey little island nation as fast as Americanly possible.
It is bleeding edge technology like that rocket out of Wellington that has helped maintain US supremacy throughout the 20th century and into the 21st. And it just might have something to do with its delinquency too. The inevitable has occurred. By the end of 2010, the US will have introduced domestic surveillance drones on its populace.
If there's one thing worse than Britain's CCTV state, it's America's Eye in the Sky. This is going to get nasty.