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More to satellite debate than money


Sam Roggeveen


22 February 2008 10:15

Here's a strange contribution to the satellite shoot-down debate by the reliably contrarian William Arkin of the Washington Post. He starts his post full of (as Montgomery Burns once put it) pith and vinegar, announcing that all the contributors to this discussion up to now — the Russians, the Chinese, the US military, environmentalists, arms control experts — have been wrong. All of them. Dead wrong.

Arkin himself, of course, has the good oil. He will set us straight. So what's his big idea?:

...the real story here is money: lots of it, wasted, spent, and no one seems to care.

He goes on to make some good points about Pentagon waste, but nothing of what he says invalidates the arguments made by those he dismisses in the opening paragraph. Good columnists know to spice up their lead paragraph to get readers in, but with his haughty and superior opening, Arkin just sets up expectations he then never meets.