- Dec 18, 2001
Your initial point is excellent, but since SpaceX DOES in fact have exactly such a contract with the US military to provide these services (and has since at least June) on what basis does Elmo have the right to unilaterally interfere because of his feels? Our foreign policy and military services should NOT be run at the beck and call of a private citizen, no matter how wealthy or powerful.
IMO Musk has vastly overstepped his authority-and probably at the bid and calling of his Chinese masters, who he is very much beholden to at this point for the future viability of Tesla, his cash cow (up to recently at least). I don't know the terms of the contract between the US defense and SpaceX, but I hope the US JAG office is reviewing that contract. At a minimum Musk should be immediately barred from any control over the decision making process re Starlink and Ukraine immediately.
The US should play hardball with Musk immediately. If it takes suspending all of SpaceX's contracts with the US and permanently barring it from further contracts with the US, so be it. This behavior should not be tolerated at all.
The geo-fencing by Starlink and the incident with the attack in Crimea happened in October of 2022. Since the US military has put in place a contract now with Starlink I am not aware of any more of these situations about conflicts with geo-fencing, are you?