I’m not an arms wonk, but this does make for an interesting break from politics as usual, China Criticized for Anti-Satellite Missile Test
The Chinese military used a ground-based missile to hit and destroy one of its aging satellites orbiting more than 500 miles in space last week — a high-stakes test demonstrating China’s ability to target regions of space that are home to U.S. spy satellites and space-based missile defense systems.
The test of anti-satellite technology is believed to be the first of its kind in two decades by any nation and raised concerns about the vulnerability of U.S. satellites and a possible arms race in space.
Seriously bad news especially considering what passes for leadership currently occupying the Whitehouse – they’re probably tie a 20 percent increase in defense spending with another round of tax cuts and call anyone that disagrees a Chinese sympathizer. That’s the problem with the neocons they only know one song and are singularly incapable of an appropriate response. The National Review gives credence reason number three million forty six why conservatives generally can’t be trusted to have anything approaching valuable input on issues of national security. First tip, they might want to read something else besides the puzzles on the back of serial boxes, China’s ASAT [John J. Miller] Thursday, January 18, 2007
The only way to make our satellites less vulnerable is to protect them through emerging technologies that permit defensive measures, redundancies that allow a system to survive a successful strike, and clear statements about American resolve.
As this debate evolves, you will hear a lot about how horrible it will be to “weaponize” space. With the Chinese blowing up satellites with ASATs, however, space is weaponized. Right now. We can accept this reality and deal with it as best we can, or we can pretend it doesn’t exist and deal with the consequences when it’s too late.
“space is weaponized”? Since the NR is an ever so elite intellectual publication of the Right you would think that they would know where of they speak. Mr. Miller suffers from day late dollar short disease as conservative intellectuals inevitably do, US ready to put weapons in space – Defence expert says America is likely to ignore treaty ban, Mark Townsend, Sunday November 7, 2004
America has begun preparing its next military objective – space. Documents reveal that the US Air Force has for the first time adopted a doctrine to establish ‘space superiority’.
The new doctrine means that pre-emptive strikes against enemy satellites would become ‘crucial steps in any military operation’. This week defence experts will attend a conference in London amid warnings that President Bush’s re-election will pave the way to the arming of space.
Internal USAF documents reveal that seizing control of the ‘final frontier’ is deemed essential for modern warfare. Counterspace Operations reveals that destroying enemy satellites would improve the chance of victory. It states: ‘Space superiority provides freedom to attack as well as freedom from attack. Space and air superiority are crucial first steps in any military operation.’
Theresa Hitchens, vice-president of a Washington-based independent think-tank, the Centre for Defence Information, said: ‘These documents show that they are taking space control seriously.’
This week’s meeting, held by the British-American Security Information Council (Basic), will also discuss whether Britain can restrain a US administration intent on strategic control of space.
Or Mr. Miller might want to read this, U.S. Air Force Plans for Future War in Space 22 February 2004
Called the Transformation Flight Plan, the 176-page document offers a sweeping look at how best to expand Americas military space tool kit.
The use of space is highlighted throughout the report, with the document stating that space superiority combines the following three capabilities: protect space assets, deny adversaries access to space, and quickly launch vehicles and operate payloads into space to quickly replace space assets that fail or are damaged/destroyed.
From space global laser engagement, air launched anti-satellite missiles, to space-based radio frequency energy weapons and hypervelocity rod bundles heaved down to Earth from space the U.S. Air Force flight plan portrays how valued space operations has become for the warfighter and in protecting the nation from chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high explosive attack.
That China, conservatives 2nd favorite place to send American jobs for the last thirty years has performed this test and not really considered the consequences is typical of authoritarian thinking, but one thing you can count on is that conservatives who think in most ways just like the Chinese will botch up the response. It will costs too much as they prepare for the far outside worse case scenario, Bush and Rice will talk tough outside both sides of their mouths and taxpayers will get stuck with the tab. Wal-Mart, Microsoft and Intel and other conservative businesses will meanwhile pump billions into China’s economy as they paint anyone that disagrees with them as appeasers. Its all just another tent in the on going circus of conservative foreign policy switcharoos, they do one trick with one hand while doing the opposite behind the scenes.
D’Souza knows as much about the history of the middle-east as the National Review does about the space arms-race, Shorter Dinesh D’Souza: How the left led us into 9/11 in which it is noted that D’Souza advocated appeasing the Saudis by getting out of Saudi Arabia and then turned around advocated invading Iraq and wink wink nudge nudge so maybe we could have permanent bases there – so that would make all the bull about spreading democracy just that. Right-wingers like D’Souza that are part of the pyramid scheme of wing-nut conspiracy theories build on other conspiracy theories. Which is just another mission accomplished. What matters to righties like D’Souza isn’t so much the truth as much as muddling up the waters and deflecting blame for the Right’s failures in the middle-east that reach all the way back to Eisenhower. More here, Dinesh D’Souza: Mediocre Tequila, Worse Pundit and here, Dinesh d’Souza Blames Liberals for 9/11. D’Souza must have a huge pair of blinders to manage the incredible feat of ignoring Reagan’s hand in events and how those events contributed to the current state of the middle-east.
Principal: Mr. Madison, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.
Billy Madison: Okay, a simple “wrong” would’ve done just fine.
from the movie Billy Madison(1995)
A panel of retired generals told a United States Senate committee today that sending 21,500 additional troops to Iraq will do little to solve the underlying political problems in the country.
“Too little and too late,” is the way Gen. Joseph P. Hoar, a former chief of the Central Command, described the effort to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The additional troops are intended to help pacify Baghdad and a restive province, but General Hoar said American leaders had failed to understand the political forces at work in the country. “The solution is political, not military,” he said.
“A fool’s errand,” was the judgment of Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey, who commanded troops in the first Gulf War. He said other countries had concluded that the effort in Iraq was not succeeding, noting that “our allies are leaving us and will be gone by summer.”
Describing the situation in Iraq as “desperate but not terminal,” he said Iraqis had to try to make political deals domestically and negotiate for stability with neighboring nations, particularly Syria and Iran.
The American effort in Iraq has gone badly because the United States did not understand the consequences of deposing Saddam Hussein, said Lt. Gen. William E. Odom, a former director of the National Security Agency. He said the principal beneficiary of the war was Iran and Al Qaeda, not the United States.
We all heard the D’Souza crap before from what passes for intelligent punditry form conservatives like Coulter and Hannity. Its coming around again because they have to deflect from the fact that Bush’s action in Iraq and failures in Afghanistan have been a gift to Osama Bin laden and his followers.