ARC's 1st Law: As a "progressive" online discussion grows longer, the probability of a nefarious reference to Karl Rove approaches one

Friday, September 29, 2006

Crickets Chirping

At least, that's the sound from this blog over the past few days.

Sorry for the lapse in posting. I was traveling Wed through Thursday (a "Rovian Retreat" to put the finishing touches on our Rovian October Surprise) and had limited connectivity.

Oh... and I thought I'd perhaps turn this into a contest to see how long it would take before ARC:Brian or ARC:John decided to post. I won't even get into the ARC:Penelope thing, since she's an enigma, wrapped in a riddle, shrouded in mystery.... at least, that's what she always says when she's waving that 9mm in my face as she's off to do some more political black-ops.

But, saw this news which I thought was interesting.... I mean, it's clear that the Chinese (for all of their advances economically) are looking ahead to a future confrontation - with us.

Beijing secretly fires lasers to disable US satellites
By Francis Harris in Washington

China has secretly fired powerful laser weapons designed to disable American spy satellites by "blinding" their sensitive surveillance devices, it was reported yesterday.

How it works

The hitherto unreported attacks have been kept secret by the Bush administration for fear that it would damage attempts to co-opt China in diplomatic offensives against North Korea and Iran.

Sources told the military affairs publication Defense News that there had been a fierce internal battle within Washington over whether to make the attacks public. In the end, the Pentagon's annual assessment of the growing Chinese military build-up barely mentioned the threat.

"After a contentious debate, the White House directed the Pentagon to limit its concern to one line," Defense News said.

The document said that China could blind American satellites with a ground-based laser firing a beam of light to prevent spy photography as they pass over China.

According to senior American officials: "China not only has the capability, but has exercised it." American satellites like the giant Keyhole craft have come under attack "several times" in recent years.

Couldn't we consider this an act of war? And, despite our concerns about the impact this might have on the non-existent pressure that China is putting on the N. Koreans, doesn't this perhaps provide a reason as to why the pressure from China on the N. Koreans has been non-existent? If the N. Koreans decide to play ball, wouldn't our attention start to focus on the next largest "threat" in the region?

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Comments (6)
Brian said...

Chirp Chirp, chirp chirp....

As to the Chinese, it depends on what you define as soveirgn territory as to whether its war or not. Since they are spy sattelites and they are over their territory.

Still one would hope that some spy technology was incorporated into a commercial sattelite or two, so that we're not totally blind up there.

Just proves that the "militarization of space" that leftie academics are always belittling the US about, is not only here, its going to grow.

Bloodstomper Barbie said...

You can't be satisfied. Now you want a war with China....

Brian's implication that the "militarization of space" is a Chinese thing is plum iggerunt. Heaven forefend, but, could it be{?}, as an American, you want to control the whole wide world? The Chinese, among many, many other countries, won't let you? Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. Waaaaaah.

St Wendeler said...

Hey, Barbie... which country is more intrinsically good, the US or China?

If you can't answer that question within 5 seconds, you need to seriously question your understanding about the world.

Of course, given your inability to make a coherent point (See Exhibit A), I question not only your understanding of the world, but also what illicit drugs you might be taking... They sure seem to be doing the trick for you.

Saint Wendeler

St Wendeler said...

And the question isn't whether I want a war with China... it's whether China is gearing up for a war with us.

I believe the phrase is "connecting the dots."

George said...

Check here for a more reasoned analysis:

In addition, for those whose recollection of the Cold War is a bit hazy, the Soviets were also experimenting with laser attacks on surveillance satellites, and before that they were diddling around with satellites that would approach another satellite and explode.

I suppose that we were conducting similar tests, but I'm not privy to whatever efforts were made.

TrueLiberal said...

I expect that we are doing the same to them. What goes around ... advances the technology of spying and all that.