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The Politics of Space

Though we disagree, Rand Simberg offers up an excellent rebuttal to my recent piece on Obama’s space policy, here. He also points out that JFK may not have been that much of a space enthusiast, if you listen to the tapes:

Equally ironic is the embrace by modern conservatives of Jack Kennedy, whose supposed vision about space is a myth. Yes, like Barack Obama’s speeches, his Rice speech was inspiring — sort of, if you didn’t think very hard about it . . . But Kennedy was trying to inspire and to win a Cold War. In reality, he wasn’t that into space, as he told his NASA administrator, Jim Webb, a couple of months before his assassination. Had he lived, the program might even have been cancelled, depending on how things were going in Vietnam.

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