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September 17, 2003
Five good reasons to stay in bed

1. Syria, Libya Listed as 'Rogue States'

The Bush administration named Syria and Libya yesterday as "rogue states" whose weapons of mass destruction must not just be controlled but must be eliminated by whatever means necessary.

2. GIs in Iraq Face Revenge Raids

The commander of the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq said in an interview published Wednesday that U.S. forces, already under pressure from a guerrilla-style resistance, now face revenge attacks from ordinary Iraqis angered by the occupation.

3. Nuclear fight in Senate heats up

Senate Democrats assailed the Bush administration's plans for new nuclear weapons on Monday, casting as a "moral decision" the spending of more than $4 billion for new and modified H-bombs, a plutonium weapons factory and shorter delays in explosive nuclear testing.

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At the same time, said Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., weapons designers at Lawrence Livermore, Sandia and Los Alamos labs would have the freedom in a range of studies to think up new and modified bombs.

He urged senators to reject efforts by Feinstein and Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., to eliminate funding for the Modern Pit Facility, nuclear test readiness and new weapons designs. Those funding plans go to a Senate floor vote today.

"It does not commit us to build any new weapons, and there is no money in this bill to build new weapons," said Domenici. America's weapons scientists "should be able to think and design and posture but not build a single new weapon."

Top nuclear officials in the office of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld say it is likely that at least one weapon will be built if scientists deem it feasible.

4. ‘Rods from God’

With no fanfare, the Bush Administration is taking military control of what it terms “near space,” thereby laying claim to the area of the Solar System that lies between the Earth and the Moon’s orbit. “A key objective … is not only to ensure U.S. ability to exploit space for military purposes, but also as required to deny an adversary’s ability to do so,” is how the Pentagon’s 2001 Quadrennial Defense Review explained U.S. strategy.

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Air Force Secretary James G. Roche, a self-described “space warrior,” is the soldier in charge of U.S. Space Command, the space-based branch of the armed services. In an October 2002 speech at the Conference on the Law and Policy Relating to National Security Activities in Outer Space, Roche explained:

Space capabilities in today’s world are no longer nice-to-have: they’ve become indispensable at the strategic, operational, as well as the tactical levels of war. … Space capabilities are integrated with and affect every link in the kill chain. … Given the absolute interdependence of air and space power, we cannot risk loss of space superiority.

5. U.S. Says Russia Sold Arms to Iran

The United States on Tuesday accused Russia of supplying arms to "state sponsors of terrorism," chiefly Iran, and slapped sanctions on a Russian defense company.

The charges -- which mirror U.S. accusations concerning Baghdad after the Iraq war started -- appear to be an attempt to pressure Moscow over its cooperation with Tehran, analysts said.

I think I'll go back to bed myself, and pull the covers over my head.

Posted by AnneZook at 08:24 AM


With a smile which I would like to call wry (I'll call it wry) I note that you get considerably more comments when you write about losing weight that when you write about politics...;-) I know that phenomenon: the only time I got a significant number of comments was when I wrote about the miserable performance of the Swedish national football team (football that you play with your feet, not your variant).
Kindest regards

Posted by: Bengt at September 17, 2003 10:03 AM

Heh. I've noticed that. It's odd, isn't it? You'd assume that people stopping by to read a blog that's almost 100% political would care more about poliltics than other stuff, but that doesn't seem to be how it works.

On the other hand, I'm just flattered anyone stops by at all :) so I won't quibble about what they prefer to read.

(For the record, another pound down at yesterday's weigh-in!)

Posted by: Anne at September 17, 2003 11:05 AM