Dubya evidently doesn’t think being a black-clad gunslinger here on Earth is enough, judging by a couple of juicy quotes lifted from the administration’s still partially-classified space policy docment.
Consistent with this policy, the United States will: preserve its rights, capabilities, and freedom of action in space; dissuade or deter others from either impeding those rights or developing capabilities intended to do so; take those actions necessary to protect its space capabilities; respond to interference; and deny, if necessary, adversaries the use of space capabilities hostile to U.S. national interests.
That’s fine as a declaration of defensive intent, but how about trying to play nice with the other kids, Georgie?
Time has a way of changing situations and the U.S.A. is not going to be the predominant power in the world forever. Not even very much longer, IMHO, unless some things change drastically in this country. It would be a good idea to start thinking about the big picture, I think.