Thursday, October 19, 2006

We can be arrogant in space too.

The WaPo reported yesterday that:

"President Bush has signed a new National Space Policy that rejects future arms-control agreements that might limit U.S. flexibility in space and asserts a right to deny access to space to anyone 'hostile to U.S. interests.'"

Naturally, any interests other than US interests are potentially hostile, so why should outer space be any different? The NYT reported last year that the Air Force was mainly behind this new space war doctrine and asked the White House for an updated national-security directive to be able to defend the US in space.

But this is all about just protecting satellites and stuff, there's no plan to militarily conquer space, right? There is?

The Times quotes Pete Teets (very unfortunate name) the former acting secretary of the AF speaking at a warfare symposium two years ago saying, "We haven't reached the point of strafing and bombing from space (whew). Nonetheless, we are thinking about those possibilities."

General Lance Lord of the AF Space Command told Congress that "we must establish and maintain space superiority. . . Simply put, it's the American way of fighting." (Boy, you got that right general.) Lord says that the Air Force defines space doctrine as the "freedom to attack as well as freedom from attack" in space.

[Since when did the Air Force get so militant? I guess, they're sick of being the bitch of every other branch of the armed services. This new space thing gives them a leg up on the Marines and the Army. Let's see a Marine fight aliens in zero Gs!]

In 2003, after the Chinese put a man in space, Lt. Gen. Edward Anderson, deputy commander of U.S. Northern Command, said "in my view it will not be long before space becomes a battleground. Our military forces ... depend very, very heavily on space capabilities, and so that is a statement of the obvious to our potential threat, whoever that may be. I believe space is the place we will fight in the next 20 years. I think the Chinese are telling us they're there, and I think if we ever wind up in a confrontation again with any one of the major powers who has a space capability we will find space is a battleground." [omnicenter]

So, for all of those countries out there worried about the intentions of the US in space, all your fears are pretty much justified. We've got our eyes on the Chinese, but you're all under suspicion. And when a senior WH official says, "this policy is not about developing or deploying weapons in space. Period," you know that's exactly what they plan to do.

The NYT article points out that, "many of the nation's allies object to the idea that space is an American frontier," but all those objections are going to carry about as much weight as French objections to the Iraq war did. The WaPo points out that this new policy "characterizes the role of U.S. space diplomacy largely in terms of persuading other nations to support U.S. policy." (Remember the part about "strafing from space?")

Of course, all this new space technology is going to cost zillions of dollars to develop and deploy, so the good people at Raytheon and Lockheed Martin are popping the champagne bottles right about now.

The fact that this administration is the most militaristic and belligerent government since Hitler demanded the right to protect the Sudaten Germans, is no real surprise. And the dollar signs dancing in front of defence contractors when they start adding up all the decades of space boondoggles they'll be building their McMansions on, explains a lot of what this is all about, but what about W.'s plans for galactic domination?

W.s war with ET and Moon Base 2020:

You may remember the story a while back about Paul Hellyer, Canada’s Defence Minister from 1963-67, who demanded a parliamentary inquiry into W.'s war with ET. Hellyer said "The United States military are preparing weapons which could be used against the aliens, and they could get us into an intergalactic war without us ever having any warning. The Bush administration has finally agreed to let the military build a forward base on the moon, which will put them in a better position to keep track of the goings and comings of the visitors from space, and to shoot at them, if they so decide." [prisonplanet]

A forward operating base on the Moon? Crazy talk right? Tom Paine reports: "Our base-mad administration now wants to establish a 'research base' on the moon by 2020, or so the President proclaimed yesterday." The WaPo reported that "astronauts intend to build a permanent base and live there [on the Moon] while they prepare what may be the most ambitious undertaking in history -- putting human beings on Mars."

Naturally, W. would want to invade Mars next, it is a red planet, after all.


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