Jan. 18th, 2007

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Do we need more evidence that the Bush's erratic policies have made us less safe, not more?

Just yesterday, some of the world's most prestigious scientists met to reset the hands of the Doomsday Clock. Devised by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists as a measure of how close the world is to nuclear holocaust, yesterday's warning was intended to awaken the world to the threat of nuclear proliferation due to both weapons acquisition and climate change. The scientists termed this "the most perilous period since Hiroshima".

Still more disturbing news has surfaced. An obsolete Chinese satellite, FY-1C, has apparently been shot down in a Chinese anti-satellite weapons test. Dr. Jeffrey Lewis Lewis and friends over at ArmsControlWonk.com give you the details, including the text of an Aviation Week article confirming the launch of the kinetic kill vehicle on the satellite in the comments section.

While acknowledging this very possibility last month, Undersecretary of State Robert Joseph, declared, "There is no arms race in space, and we see no signs of one emerging." The Houston Chronicle continues , "He said that rather than writing treaties to address potential problems, the United States should concentrate on dealing with real nuclear weapons threats posed by enemies such as Iran and North Korea."

"A number of countries are exploring and acquiring capabilities to counter, attack and defeat U.S. space systems. Terrorists understand our vulnerabilities and have targeted our economy in the past, as they did on 9/11," Joseph said. "We reserve the right to defend ourselves."

The rattle of that saber sounds pretty hollow, sir, considering that the aggressor is China, not "terrorists", and they are quite well positioned to attack our economy, thanks to your profligate spending on a certain war.

crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] ljdemocrats

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