John Bolton on Technology



Because media runs debates, no one discusses the issues

"You may recall that I thought about running back in late 2011, and looked into it, but since running for president has become this massive, four-year endeavor, and I didn't have an operation in place, I decided against it," Bolton says. "Then I ended up watching the Republican debates, and I got furious when I saw Herman Cain being asked about pizza before he was asked about foreign policy. I thought to myself, 'This is horrible. We're letting the media run these debates, and no one is discussing the issues.' After that, I sat back and thought that if I had the chance, I had to do something more."

"The money aspect, of course, is going to be critical," he says. "I'm going to find out if there's money out there to get behind a foreign-policy-focused effort that has the threat of international terrorism at the top of its lists, as well as the proliferation of chemical and biological weapons, the ongoing collapse of the Middle East, and the threats from Russia and China."

Source: Robert Costa in the National Review , Aug 22, 2013

Don't impede advances in space technology, even if military

Outer space has become the next frontier for American national security and business. From space, we follow terrorists and intercept their communications, detect foreign military deployments, and monitor a proliferation of unconventional weapons.

But instead of advancing American primacy in this realm, the Obama administration has wrongly decided not only to follow a European Union draft "code of conduct" regulating outer space, but also to circumvent the Senate's central constitutional role in making treaties.

Europe aspires to prevent an "arms race" in the heavens, but in reality, its code would substantially impede advances in space technology because such innovations could also be labeled as military. While security activities receive an exception, it appears confined to self-defense, a term often defined narrowly to include only cross-border attacks. We should not take the unnecessary risk that our rivals will exploit such ambiguity to prevent legitimate American actions.

Source: AEI Scholars column: Hands off the heavens , Mar 9, 2012

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