Skip to comments.Soviet Space Expert James Oberg Writes that “Palin was Right” About Sputnik
Posted on 01/28/2011 8:13:42 PM PST by Bigtigermike
Instapundit notes that Soviet space expert James Oberg supports Governor Palins comments on Sputnik:
Im seeing up close how Palin Derangement Syndrome can compel otherwise intelligent people to foam at the mouth and babble nonsense to prove theyre right and shes wrong.
The historical view is that the early Soviet victories in the Space Race led to the US response of the Apollo program, whose triumph validated the superiority of US space technology which had profound diplomatic, military, commercial, and cultural consequences. When Reagan challenged the USSR with Strategic Defense in the 1980s, Apollo had given that challenge credibility and the same pundits in the West and in Russian who pooh-poohed SDI had also pooh-poohed the odds of Apollo working.
Proven wrong once, they lost credibility when Gorbachyov had to decide when/.if to pull the plug on the USSRs own hideously expensive space weapons programs (eg, Polyus-Skif and Buran). Soviet leadership came to believe, rightly or wrongly, that SDI was a lethal threat to them, based on the success of Apollo that had only been made possible by the stinging US defeats in the early Space Race, Its more complicated, but the essence is, Palin was right: the Soviets sowed the seed of their own collapse by setting off the Space Race.
James Edward Oberg (often known as Jim Oberg) is an American space journalist and historian, regarded as an expert on the Russian space program.
If Palin was right, but Big Media doesn’t report it, do most people go on believing the lie anyway?
The Nedelin disaster was a key in leapfrogging the Soviets in the 60s. Wonder if the whole story will ever come out.
Soviet space expert James Oberg supports Governor Palins comments on Sputnik:
"Im seeing up close how Palin Derangement Syndrome can compel otherwise intelligent people to foam at the mouth and babble nonsense to prove theyre right and shes wrong."
Polyus-Skif and Buran....INTERESTING RUSSIAN ABM/ASAT IDEAS.
I find a constant source of amusement these so-called liberal “educated” elitists are often finding themselves proven wrong by Sarah.
'otherwise intelligent', maybe...but even pissant falls into that PDS category, he must be the exception that proves the rule...
(No need to respond pissant, I only pinged you out of courtesy because I mentioned your name. I'm sure you will hold this Soviet space expert is low esteem as well. We needn't hear what your opinion is, we know it all to well.)
Nobody has pointed out the real lesson of Sputnik. On the second Sputnik the Soviets sent up a dog, even though they had no way to bring her back to earth alive. If Communism could kill a poor dog like that so callously, it had to be an evil system.
(Yes, I know they also killed 100 million people, but it's easier to get people worked up over a dog.)
Yeah, it's great fun!
I would ping Pissant, but he can smell a Palin thread a mile away. Let's just call this a test of my theory. LOL
(just messin with you PA)
True enough. She also shows the naked, wrinkled rumps of more than a few "conservatives," who, if their politics were half as strong as their ignorant prejudices, would be embracing her as the superstar political giant that she is.
But, hey... think how boring it would be if everybody were at least minimally intelligent and possessed of just the tiniest spec of integrity. The world needs fork-tongued morons, too.
All “Star Wars” was about was a youthful Sarah Palin wanting to shoot and kill wolves from space.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but the history was that Sputnik, the size of a watermelon, was the first orbiter prior to Mercury.
It’s a SPUTNIK moment alright:
Yeah, most of them are really little WTF moments to the rational ;^)
Please check your FR mail.
An old lady once asked Gorbachev whether Communism is philosophy or science. Gorby thought for a moment and answered, Philosophy. I thought so, exclaimed the babushka, Scientists would have tried it on animals first!
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