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Imperialism Goes Universal

On August 31st this year, US President Bush signed off on a revamped US policy on Outer Space and its uses.  The fundamental principle is described as follows:

"The United States is committed to the exploration and use of outer space by all nations for peaceful purposes, and for the benefit of all humanity. Consistent with this principle, “peaceful purposes” allow U.S. defense and intelligence-related activities in pursuit of  national interests"

In other words, the US can use space for its national defense, but others cannot.  Later, the policy lists its goals.   The third and fourth goals are to encourage space exploration and science.  The first and second "goals" -- presumably more important -- are US defence based:

"Strengthen the nation’s space leadership and ensure that space capabilities are available in time to further U.S. national security, homeland security, and foreign policy objectives;
Enable unhindered U.S. operations in and through space to defend our interests there;"

I think we understand where they are coming from!

October 19, 2006 in America Inc, Bush Administration, Capitalism | Permalink


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