China Announces Program to Dominate Space

June, 2005


Saying “it must secure space to protect the nation
from attack,”
China has approved a national-security
directive that moves it closer to fielding offensive and
defensive space weapons.

Yeah well, I thought that might get your attention.

Actually, it’s just Rummy quietly dropping the other
shoe and the opening quote is accurate, except that it’s
the United States
who’s rattling all those sabers.

The actual announcement, according to the New York Times
article is: The Air Force, saying it must secure space
to protect the nation from attack, is seeking President Bush’s
approval of a national-security directive that could move
the United States closer to fielding offensive and defensive
space weapons, according to White House and Air Force officials.

You can imagine, if you’re Chinese or French, Russian
or Japanese, the shock at an announcement that casually indicates
our intention to dominate the earth.

Too strong a statement? I think not. For whatever reason,
Washington has determined that domination of the earth
is acceptable policy. It could be for any number of reasons,
including:

  • Embarrassment over Iraq, a war that made astonishingly
    clear that we’re unable to fight more than one
    conventional war at a time . . . maybe not even that.
  • Defense-contractor
    angst over the end of the Cold War and the need for
    another trumped-up enemy to develop
    weapons
    systems against, in this case the entire world.
  • Unwillingness
    on the part of our own inefficient and financially
    ruinous system
    of government-by-congress
    to deal with the
    United Nations’ inefficient and financially ruinous
    system
    of government-by-nations.
  • President Bush’s confusion over having found
    Christ and given up drinking, not realizing that the experience,
    no matter how profound, doesn’t equate to making
    the world subservient to American interests.
  • Penis envy,
    pure and simple.

World powers and regional dominations ebb and flow and
since the founding of our nation it has been policy to leave
these
cyclical forces pretty much to themselves, exerting pressure
here and making alliances there, as it suited our national
purpose. For the most part our international reputation
was that of a self-interested country that stumbled through
a
relatively unfocussed foreign policy, occasionally brilliant
and more often harmless enough in our naivety.

Not any more.

With no national debate and without consulting
the congress, this thinly-elected sitting president and his
Dr. Strangelove Secretary of Defense are preparing to take
America to the brink of a form of dictatorship.

Who controls access to space controls the planet.

If each
and every communications satellite (or spy satellite for
that matter) cannot exist in orbit without the tacit permission
of America, there is no power but our own. May as well
turn the UN into condominiums, it’s over, a goal Bush
and Rumsfeld and certainly Cheney would agree suits their
narrow
and aggressive
purposes perfectly.

But does it serve us as a nation and has that question
even been asked? No, it does not and no, it has not.

It does not serve us as a nation because no nation
is trustworthy to run the world, not even our own idealized
version of ourselves. Just as America thrives because of
its diversity, so the world thrives. Just as America struggles
with equity, faith and opportunity, so the world struggles.
The question has not been asked because demagogues
never ask, preferring to appeal to fright and greed and ghosts
in the night. That has been this administration’s hands-on-hips,
strap-on-the-six-guns stance since 9-11.

Those largely failed
policies bring the Air Force, at Rumsfeld’s direction,
to ask a new ‘presidential directive’ to develop and install
space weaponry to “assure free access in space.”

Not
global access, American access.

There are no ghosts in the American night. There is no
other nation capable at the moment (nor are we) to carry
out such
a program. But its announcement is sure to begin another
financially destructive arms race. This wrong-thinking policy
will drive nations to their formerly polarized positions
. . . positions that crippled productivity and pissed away
national resources for fifty years of Cold War. Eisenhower
cries from his grave, “Beware the military-industrial
complex,”
and here it is in spades.

The last armaments race destroyed the Soviet Union and
made paupers of half the world. This one will push a financially
fragile America into decline, leaving us as Martin Luther
King, Jr. so accurately called us, a nation of “guided
missiles and misguided men.”

This is not my America. I have witnessed this mind-set
before and seen the misery, the nations made poor, the societies
laid waste by this same misguided patriotic zeal of sixty
years ago. My America cannot at the same time espouse freedom
and democracy for the world’s peoples, and dictatorship
by taking proprietary control of the earth’s space.

This is no stumbling into a poorly thought-out war, as
was Iraq. This president and his zealot Secretary of Defense
have a dismal track-record that has taken us from the world’s
most idealized nation to its most despised and mistrusted,
even by its allies. This president, who holds no mandate
for anything, must not be allowed to claim a mandate for
everything.

Since its founding, this American nation has been the beacon
to the world of freedom and opportunity. It is on the brink
of having that glorious reputation hijacked by partisans,
narrowly elected and beating drums behind the banner of 9-11.

In the name of all that we stand for and have stood for,
this upcoming presidential national-security directive
must not be tolerated.

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