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I agree we have to take the revisionism with a grain of salt.  Perhaps my sentence was clumsy, but that report (I give the AP source version) indicates that while the scientists involved intended Sputnik to be the first space satellite, they got the go-ahead to build and launch it to demonstrate the military potential of their missiles--and the U.S. got the message.

It all also has an eerie echo for me of N. Klein's "Shock Doctrine"--the idea that the U.S. could use the Sputnik shock to intensify the Cold War.  

"The end of all intelligent analysis is to clear the way for synthesis." H.G. Wells "It's not dark yet, but it's getting there." Bob Dylan

by Captain Future (captainfuture is at sbcglobal dot net) on Fri Oct 5th, 2007 at 05:59:07 AM EST
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