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October 18, 2006

New U.S. Space Priority Emphasizes Security

Topics: National News

President Bush has signed a new National Space Policy that rejects future arms-control agreements that could limit U.S. flexibility in space and asserts a right to deny access to space to anyone "hostile to U.S. interests." One would think that this is common sense in a world that is a virtual sea of hate and hostility towards America, the wellspring of freedom and democracy - so hated by radical religious idealogues and insane dictators.

Yet, Reuters just couldn't resist inserting its anti-administration, anti-defense, anti-security bias on the story, and did so by quoting the WaPo. The Reuters piece on the story says: "The top goals of the Clinton administration had been more of a balance of science and security, the Post said."

When in fact what the WaPo actually wrote was: "The Clinton policy opened the door to developing space weapons, but that administration never did anything about it," Krepon said. "The Bush policy now goes further." However, the WaPo inserts its own anti-defense bias by quoting Theresa Hitchens, director of the nonpartisan Center for Defense Information, who said that the Bush policy "kicks the door a little more open to a space-war fighting strategy" and has a "very unilateral tone to it." In fact, Theresa Hitchens is anything but nonpartisan on space security, and is actually a fervent anti-space defense activist.

I suspect that Ms. Hitchens and the media would much prefer the U.S. wait for its enemies to begin raining down nuclear warheads on American cities from space before begining to think about protecting its citizens from any one of a number of crazy regimes that spend their every waking hour thinking of ways to destroy America.

Posted by Richard at October 18, 2006 8:54 AM

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