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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Arms race, anyone?

After the enormous success of Star Wars... oh, wait. we spent more than a hundred billion on that and have nothing to show for it. Hmmm.... Anyway, administration is pretty keen on a new military boondoggle that the rest of the world will undoubtedly be thrilled about. And they've already spent billions on the program. You know, a nuclear arsenal that could wipe out mankind several times over probably really isn't enough when you think about it. From the disturbing NYT story:

"We haven't reached the point of strafing and bombing from space," Pete Teets, who stepped down last month as the acting secretary of the Air Force, told a space warfare symposium last year. "Nonetheless, we are thinking about those possibilities."

In January 2001, a commission led by Donald H. Rumsfeld, then the newly nominated defense secretary, recommended that the military should "ensure that the president will have the option to deploy weapons in space."

It said that "explicit national security guidance and defense policy is needed to direct development of doctrine, concepts of operations and capabilities for space, including weapons systems that operate in space."