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?
ARC: St Wendeler