One of the nicest feelings in the world is reassurance.
If someone wraps their arms tightly around you and tells you everything’s going to be all right, you breathe more easily.
So I am, of course, delighted that the US National Reconnaissance Office — the agency in charge of America’s spy satellites — has sent up a new one to watch over our not-always-fair planet.
To create more good feelings, Friday’s launch was even live-tweeted.
I experience a troubling frisson, though, when I look at the logo on the side of the rocket. It features an octopus wrapping its tentacles around the world and looking very, very hungry.
Worse, its right eye is less beady and more reminiscent of a Bond villain’s.
If our intentions are noble, why are we being symbolized by a creature that looks as if it wants to devour the world — and do it for snits and giggles?
Karen Ferguson, a spokeswoman for the NRO, explained to Forbes: “NROL-39 is represented by the octopus, a versatile, adaptable, and highly intelligent creature. Emblematically, enemies of the United States can be reached no matter where they choose to hide.”
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