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“W”, our very own Space Cowboy

Posted by direwolff on October 18, 2006

It’s always interesting to read how our government frames issues and whether they do this in a vaccuum, isolated from an understanding of the rest of the world, never mind considering that there is a “rest of the world”.

US adopts tough new space policy
BBC News – Wednesday, October 18, 2006
The US has adopted a tough new policy aimed at protecting its interests in space and deny “adversaries” access here for hostile purposes.

Two quotes from this article really caught my attention. The first one is:

“The United States will preserve its rights, capabilities, and freedom of action in space… and deny, if necessary, adversaries the use of space capabilities hostile to US national interests,” it says.

This is an interesting quote, especially given our country’s recent history of aggression and pre-emptive attacks. If you’re from any other country in the world and you hear the words “US national interests”, this has to be the scariest three words you’d ever want to see put together, and in particular as it relates to space. To add insult to injury, here’s Tony Snow’s quote to follow that up:

“The notion that you would do defence from space is different from that of weaponisation of space. We’re comfortable with the policy”, White House spokesman Tony Snow said.

Is Tony saying that if defence is done by using weapons in space, that this would not be a weaponisation of space? Good to see that all of that rhetoric training Tony got at Fox News is going to good use in White House. “You go girl!…woot-woot-woot!!!”

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