April 28, 1989 |
It is a proposal as irrepressible as the children's classic "The Little Engine That Could." And critics say it is just about as realistic. The United States, or so the proposal goes, should hide its land-based nuclear missiles inside cleverly disguised railroad cars, keep them in garrisons during peacetime and send them out to roam the nation's railroads in times of superpower crisis. Mingling unobtrusively with commercial traffic, the missile force would remain safe from Soviet attack and ready to do its deadly business at a moment's notice.