USAF and Medusa


The only problem with naming your new weapons system “Gorgon Stare” as the Air Force has done: Medusa’s lapidogenic vision was actually used against her.

In fact, it was classic asymmetrical warfare: the vastly more powerful Gorgon’s Stare against mortal little Perseus and his shield. But the Perseus was smart, his shield was shiny, and Medusa’s strength became her downfall. Maybe not the most portentous title for a “mission-critical battlespace implement” to be deployed in Afghanistan?

Joshuah Bearman has written about CIA missions, jewel thieves, deranged private investigators, aspiring Fabios, bitter rivalry among dueling Santa Clauses, and the metaphysical implications of being the world's greatest Pac Man player. His article for Wired became the movie Argo. More from this author →