Friendly Fire

Foreign policy experts Charles Ferguson and Bruce MacDonald write that the Bush administration risked U.S. security interests in shooting down a satellite this week, in the Los Angeles Times.

“Washington should not be surprised when Beijing exploits this launch to justify its own burgeoning anti-satellite program. The U.S. action will give China, Russia and others an excuse to develop and test comparable capabilities, claiming that they too need to keep their populations safe from falling satellites. China may well feel freed from the pledge it made last year not to test its anti-satellite weapons again.”

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