April 2, 2014

NASA Suspends Relations With Russia

Except for the Space Station. They use the occasion to whine for more funding.

Not surprisingly, the Russians have several responses available (short of letting the American crew run out of supplies) and we have few. They can refuse to carry any more Americans to the Station, in effect taking it over. They can raise prices. They can abandon the Station and let it plunge into the atmosphere.

A move which leaves you with fewer options than it offers to your opponent is a dubious move. Backing down in front of the whole world is one of those very few American options.

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