The United States on Tuesday reasserted its right to develop weapons for use in outer space to protect its military and commercial satellites and ruled out any global negotiations on a new treaty to limit them.
In a speech to the Conference on Disarmament, a senior State Department arms control official insisted that such weapons systems would be purely defensive…
John Mohanco, deputy director of the office of multilateral, nuclear and security affairs, said the United States faced a threat of attacks from the earth or from other countries’ spacecraft. He did not name any potential attackers.
“As long as the potential for such attacks remains, our government will continue to consider the possible role that space-related weapons may play in protecting our assets,” he told the United Nations-backed forum.
“For our part, the United States does not have any weapons in space, nor do we have plans to build such weapons,” he said.
That’s so Bush Administration by-the-numbers it’s scary.
- need big, expensive weapons
- for defense, not attack
- when we attack, it’s defense
- no diplomacy, no treaties
- we’re might be attacked by mysterious enemies with mysterious weapons. In space
- we have no plans to do the things that we’re currently doing
- the Earth is our plaything, motherfuckers
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