We can't stop American subs from poking around Arctic waters, we can't keep the Danes from trying to seize Hans Island, but we can still give Santa Claus a fighter escort.
Somehow we left this out in today's big Arctic defence announcement.
NORAD will be following jolly old St. Nick, but no word on whether they'll be using the new BMD tracking systems to locate his sleigh.
And some private broadcasters will repeat Harvey Kirck's radio commentary from NORAD: perhaps the most joyous Christmas miracle since the first one, since he's been dead for three years.
Ho ho ho.