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Twilight War: The Folly of U.S. Space Dominance Hardcover – March 3, 2008
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First place winner, Ben Franklin Awards, sponsored by the Independent Book Publishers Association, in the category of Politics/Current Events
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The first elephant Mr. Moore ignores is that any treaty against "weaponizing space," no matter how loftily worded, isn't simply unverifiable, it completely ignores reality. An object in Low Earth Orbit travels at five miles per second. At that velocity, anything is going to become a lethal impactor. Banning space weapons would require banning any and all activity in space.
The second elephant Mr. Moore glosses over is that arms races do not cause wars, hot or cold. It's fashionable in some quarters to say this, but fashionable ideas frequently do not comport to reality. An arms race is an expression of national strategy writ out in acquisition & procurement policy.
And that brings us to the next elephant: the notion that every other nation outside the US is sincerely committed to not weaponizing space. There is absolutely no evidence for this notion, aside from statements made by nations with a radically different view of diplomacy's means and ends than those of the United States. As for the issue of cost, being too broke to afford space weapons is not a commitment to rejecting space weapons, and being too broke to afford space weapons may be a temporary state of affairs.
Another elephant is Mr. Moore's overall tone--the US is a crazy cowboy, and China's ASAT test had nothing at all to do with their perception of their national security requirements; it happened solely because of those crazy American cowboys not setting a proper example for the wogs, who are utterly incapable of having their own opinion and must therefore be shown how to properly ape their betters.Read more ›