Musk may be condemned by the White House, but the government is addicted to him.

Rarely has the US government relied so heavily on technology provided by a single technologist whose views it has publicly condemned.

On Friday, the White House condemned Elon Musk for his "abhorrent promotion of antisemitic and racist hate," as well as his support for what an administration spokesman called a "hideous lie" about Jews.

All of this might lead one to believe that the Biden administration would try to avoid doing business with the world's richest person. 

Except that, in recent weeks, the US government has become more reliant on him than ever, agreeing to up to $1.2 billion in SpaceX launches next year to deliver critical Pentagon assets into space, including spy and command-and-control satellites.

In September, the Pentagon agreed to pay tens of millions of dollars for "Starshield," a new,

 secure communications system set up by his company for the nation's defense and intelligence systems that will rely on the same clusters of Starlink satellites that have proven vital to Ukraine's military during the war with Russia.

Administration officials say in private that the Starlink satellites are critical to deterring China because they are far more resistant to Chinese efforts to disable them than the Pentagon's own communications satellites.

These are just the most recent examples of why the federal government has no viable way to break up with Mr. Musk, at least as long as the US decides to continue space exploration and deter its major rivals. 

It could condemn him and declare that all Americans should oppose his views. But it needs him now more than ever, or at least his rockets and satellites.

The OpenAI Board of Directors maintains its decision to force Sam Altman out of his position as CEO. 

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