Tag Archives: George W. Bush

Wednesday’s Book Review: “Rumsfeld’s Wars: The Arrogance of Power”


Rumsfeld’s Wars: The Arrogance of Power. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2008. By Dale R. Herspring. This is an important book, but a difficult one to get through. This is the case not because of turgid writing or poor analysis, … Continue reading

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Roger Launius Article Available On-Line at “Metascience”


I have just published the article, “Advising Presidents on Science when Presidents Rebuff Science Advice,” a discussion of the book, Science Policy Up Close, about the place of John Marburger III as Science Advisor to President George W. Bush. It … Continue reading

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Parallels Between the Sputnik and 9/11 Crises


Is there a relationship between the so-called “Sputnik moment” in October 1957 and the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks? Yes, at several levels there are intriguing parallels between the Sputnik crisis of 1957-1958 that Eisenhower faced and the aftermath of the … Continue reading

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Space as Battlefield or Sanctuary?


For more than fifty years since the first space satellites were orbited the world engaged in activity in outer space for military scientific, and commercial purposes, but without placing weapons there or engaging in serious efforts to target objects in space. … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Dog Whistle Politics”


Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class. By Ian Haney López. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. There is no doubt, and it is confirmed in this book, that racism is the … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Culture Wars: The Struggle To Control The Family, Art, Education, Law, And Politics In America”


Culture Wars: The Struggle To Control The Family, Art, Education, Law, And Politics In America. By James Davison Hunter. New York: Basic Books, 1992. Since I mentioned this book in last week’s Wednesday book review, I thought it was appropriate … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “US Presidents and the Militarization of Space, 1946—1967”


US Presidents and the Militarization of Space, 1946—1967. By Sean Kalic. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2012. I was quite pleased when Sean Kalic’s book, US Presidents and the Militarization of Space, 1946—1967, appeared in the Centennial of Flight … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Worse than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush”


Worse than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush. By John W. Dean. New York: Warner Books, 2004. John Dean’s work is a stinging rebuke of the state of the Republican Party and how far it has slid from … Continue reading

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NASA’s Space Shuttle and the Department of Defense


During the 1970s, the Space Shuttle became the “sine qua non” of NASA, intended as it was to make spaceflight routine, safe, and relatively inexpensive. Although NASA wanted the shuttle for its purposes, the Department of Defense (DOD) agreed to … Continue reading

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Is There a Military Human Spaceflight Mission on the Horizon?


There has been a long mating dance between the civil and military space programs over the past few the years relative to the role of humans in space. In a succession of recent studies ranging from the Air Force Science … Continue reading

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