The news that the Air Force is pushing the President for a new directive on arms in space is absurd.
First off, it's total bullshit. It's not an Air Force request at all, but a Republican dream. I'm sure the Air Force, without the knowledge of Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, and a host of others, just FAXed over their desires without anyone having a clue. Riiiight. This is just another way to make it seem as if the Air Force, in order to defend the skies, was the catalyst behind these ideas, when it was actually President Bush in 2002 pulling the United States out of the ABM treaty to pursue these goals. That was the catalyst.
The Bush Co. plan to make it seem as if an independent arm of the government, separate from the White House, is behind this, is ridiculous. Typical. But when the news starts talking about how the "Air Force came up with the plan and proposed it to the President" idiots will think it's true, and conservatives will push that line.
In addition, all the ideas you'll read about such as "Rods From God" (I swear, they're calling it that), and any plans they have, are just a form of repackaging. And they need to repackage because their missile interceptor plan has been such a disaster. It costs $100 million every time they test and fail, and they fail EVERY TIME. Wait, sorry, they actually got lucky once. I think the balloon actually hit the missile. If we're really fortunate North Korea will fly into the sky and ram itself into our missiles.
I expect repackaging, just like the conservatives in Kansas who now want to drag religion into the classroom by calling it "intelligent design." Holy fucking Oxymoron, Batman (which, btw, I hear is really good). It's what they do. They repackage. It's what I call deception, which in layman's terms is called LYING.
So lets take it further, this space plan. Who, besides the United States, is racing to build weapons systems in space? "I'll take 'No One' for $1000, Alex."
That's right, no one. But, start building in space and there will certainly be others. Remember when we defeated the Russians by outspending them in a nuclear arms race? I don't think trying that with the Chinese is such a great plan. They will build, and I have a sneaky suspicion this thing I'm typing on is better made in Asia than it is here in the states. But that's an argument that's really pointless. Bottom line is: there will be an arms race. How does that help the world? It doesn't.
Go even further and think about how little people in the military understand the challenges we face (again, it's not really the military, it's Bush and Co., but for the sake of pretending this is genuine, I'll say 'military'). Coming into office Bush's biggest military issue seemed to be a downed plane, and the Chinese. Terrorism was mentioned during the debates...by AL GORE. These people have not a clue. 8 years had passed and they were concerned with missile defense (SDI), not terrorism.
Now it seems, and feel free to disagree, that terrorism IS the most pressing issue. Our military, led by the Donald, wants the sleeker, faster, smaller, quicker, sharper fighting force, one that has fewer troops, less engagement, less understanding of other peoples. Just bombs. Shock, Awe, and, of course, Stupidity.
But terrorism is the issue, and these people are not engaging us in a space race. If it was solely the Chinese, or someone else, I'd at least the humor the discussion for the sake of passing time. But it seems to me China is more concerned with other things these days, such as using up oil, and kicking our asses in a trade race. I'm sure xenophobic conservatives think that's good enough reason to use "Rods of God" on them right now, but it's not. Remember, they're all pussies, so firing a missile from space is perfect.
If terrorists see the United States building arms in space in order to control the galaxy, and use our leverage to dominate they will hate us even more! Get it? MORE! Not less, but more. Get it? MORE. The thing is, they don't get it. The military has to spend, spend, spend on stupid things that are unnecessary.
Can you imagine we spent half the money we spent on the military on fixing the problems in the world? You think terrorism would be as big a problem as it is? Of course not, but no, we're led by morons.
The Iranians, the North Koreans, they're an issue, for sure, but for today, not years down the road. Our nuclear problems with those nations need to be solved sooner than it would take to build these ridiculous space systems.
However, I will give the Air Force credit for keeping up with the Star Wars trilogy:
But General Lord said such problems should not stand in the way of the Air Force's plans to move into space.Luke, it's YOUR DESTINY!!!
"Space superiority is not our birthright, but it is our destiny," he told an Air Force conference in September. "Space superiority is our day-to-day mission. Space supremacy is our vision for the future."
Ok, to recap:
-This is Bush/Cheney/Psychos, not the Air Force
-This makes terrorists and others hate us more
-When things fail they repackage
-This is a waste of money, and will continue to be
-We're being led by fucking retards who are scared shitless of others and don't want to understand their worldviews. Not the Mexicans, the Chinese, the Arabs, Canadians, no one
There will be a test on this later, and hopefully, unlike missile defense, you won't fail miserably.