September 1, 2009
Getting Space Weapons Wrong
Hudson Institute, Hudson Institute
The Obama Administration took office promising – on the White House website, no less – to pursue “a worldwide ban on weapons that interfere with military and commercial satellites.” It apparently had second thoughts, however, and soon pulled this reference. (This was neither the first nor the last campaign promise that Barack Obama let slip quietly away, but it caught my eye nonetheless.) In the late spring of 2009, however, it flip-flopped anew, and agreed to Chinese and Russian demands that the U.N. begin discussions on preventing an “arms race in outer space.” This is not technically the same thing as beginning “negotiations” on such an agreement, but the White House has reversed...