Wednesday, May 30, 2007

To Boldly Go Where No One Can Hear You Scream 

Remember how the invasion of Iraq was an act of self-defense? Same deal with the longstanding PNAC wet dream of militarizing space. We're going to have full offensive capability, and you lesser countries are not, and if you don't like it, help yourself to some Flaming Death from Above:
The United States has the inherent right of self-defense to protect its national interests in space and can deny its adversaries the use of hostile space capabilities, a senior Pentagon official said Wednesday. "The United States views purposeful interference with its space systems as an infringement on its rights and will take actions necessary to preserve its rights, capabilities, and freedom of action in space including denying, if necessary, adversaries the use of space capabilities hostile to U.S. national interests," Major General James Armor, director of the National Security Space Office said at a congressional hearings . . . .

"The response to threats to our space capabilities must include... capabilities to deny, if necessary, adversaries the use of space in order to protect our capabilities, ensure our terrestrial forces and keep the U.S. homeland safe," he said . . . .

Speaking at the same congressional hearings, Donald Mahley, a senior State Department official, supported the Pentagon's views on the issue of the U.S. space defense program and said that the U.S. space capability must enable a broad range of options, from diplomatic to military, to prevent the hostile use of space by potential foes.
TANGENTIALLY RELATED SIDEBAR: Astronomers have discovered 28 new planets, more than offsetting the loss of Pluto and bringing the total of known planets, including the eight in our own solar system, to 244:
Astronomers on teams from UC Berkeley and Australia reported the discovery of 28 new planets all at once on Monday, and their leader -- working through the night all this week at the world's biggest telescope in Hawaii -- is now on the hunt for rocky planets that might resemble Earth . . . .

"The overarching theme is that many of the properties of our solar system are suddenly noticeably common among planetary systems in general," Marcy said. "Apparently, our solar system is structurally common (with others elsewhere in the galaxy) and its planetary inhabitants must have a common composition."

And as Wright put it: "They're starting to look more and more like real solar systems -- like our own."
Republican presidential candidates Tom Tancredo, Sam Brownback, Mitt Romney, and Duncan Hunter immediately vowed to increase space-weaponry funding in hopes of erecting a "planetary fence" before illegal aliens -- by which we mean illegal alien aliens -- arrive to take our jobs, drain our public resources, and overburden our earthly welfare system. No damn amnesty for extra-damn-terrestrials, dammit!

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