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missiles that transit space are space weapons. Members of Congress that vote against such a finding
would be forced to admit that they are so opposed to the idea of using space to protect the U.S. against
missile attack that they are willing to deny a simple and irrefutable fact in order to continue their
opposition. It will serve to demonstrate how extreme this position has become. Weapons popular – Congress scared of China
O'Farroll, MA in 'Non-Proliferation & International Security' at Kings College London, 10
(Tad, 8-4-10, “China Shoots Down a Second Satellite”, http://nukesofhazardblog.com/story/2010/8/4/142533/5958,
LexisNexis, Accessed June 20th 2011, LGK]
It is also hard to see how Chinas tests will help pave the way for future cooperation with the U.S President
Barack Obama's June 2010 National Space Policy emphasized the important role of international cooperation
in space and demonstrated the apparent willingness of the US to begin work on a space weapons treaty.
However, news of China’s (OTCBB:NWCH) s January 2010 test may have ruffled feathers among
members of Congress, whom Gregory Kulacki at the Union of Concerned Scientists noted, œwill want
to deny China status as a member in good standing of the international community of space-faring
nations. Ultimately though, this might not be something China is seeking to pursue. With its abundant
financial resources and high level scientific know-how, the prestige of advancing its space based
technologies by itself may prove too irresistible for Beijing. But quite how future tests will fit with
Chinascommitment not to ˜to test, deploy or use any weapons, weapons systems or components in outer
space, remains to be seen. Given the technology for shooting down satellites has been around since the Cold
War, it is hard to see the technological imperative for countries such as China to conduct such tests. While
Beijing may have made a political statement (for good or bad) with its 2007 test, if it remains committed to
the peaceful use of space then it is hard to understand the advantage of shooting down further satellites.
Indeed, with the U.S made Vanguard 1 still in orbit since launch in 1958, one has to wonder why China feels
compelled to shoot down satellites that are several decades younger. The debris caused by such tests is a
major risk for other space users and given its potential to upset the prospects for a space weapons treaty, it
seems evident that China should refrain from further anti-satellite launches . Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011
Politics Weapons – Popular – Congress (2/2)
Bipartisan support for space weapons
Roque, Congressnow staff writer, 8
[Ashley, 3-11-8, “Some Senate Democrats open to putting weapons in space,” published at rollcall.com, LexisNexis,
Accessed June 20th 2011, LGK]
Some Senate Democrats are signaling they may support reversing their party's long-standing
opposition to putting weapons in space. Senate Appropriations Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii)
told reporters today Congress should consider permitting the Pentagon to field weapons in
space, especially in light of the separate Chinese and U.S. shoot down of their respective satellites. He
added he is prepared to engage in a debate over sending weapons into space, as his panel drafts its fiscal 2009
Defense spending bill. Senate Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee Chairman Bi...
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