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Now Richard can call me a space cadet for something besides my views on judicial review. Today, the New York Times publishes an article by me and John Bolton (former U.S. Ambassador to the UN) criticizing the Obama administration’s continuing evasion of the Senate’s role over treaties — in this case, over European efforts to create an arms control regime for space.
The European code of conduct for outer space would restrict US primacy in space by limiting the kinds of anti-satellite, anti-missile, and surveillance systems that the US can develop and deploy. Knowing the political opposition this would spark, the Obama administration did not send an agreement to the Senate, but instead said it would “voluntarily” follow the code. While Ambassador Bolton and I are both supporters of a vigorous executive in national security and foreign affairs, we think that the Senate must approve agreements where the U.S. gives up national sovereignty, particularly in an area like arms control.