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Bushes Real Motives For Space Exploration

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posted on Jan, 18 2004 @ 11:54 PM
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cnn.netscape.cnn.com.../ff/story/0002%2F20040118%2F1426212879.htm&sc=rontz&photoid=19970219NY123

U.S. Eyes Space as Possible Battleground
By Jim Wolf

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush's plan to expand the exploration of space parallels U.S. efforts to control the heavens for military, economic and strategic gain.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld long has pushed for technology that could be used to attack or defend orbiting satellites as well as a costly program, heavily reliant on space-based sensors, to thwart incoming warheads.

Under a 1996 space policy adopted by then-President Bill Clinton that remains in effect, the United States is committed to the exploration and use of outer space "by all nations for peaceful purposes for the benefit of all humanity."

"Peaceful purposes allow defense and intelligence-related activities in pursuit of national security and other goals," according to this policy. "Consistent with treaty obligations, the United States will develop, operate and maintain space control capabilities to ensure freedom of action in space, and if directed, deny such freedom of action to adversaries."

No country depends on space and satellites as its eyes and ears more than the United States, which accounted for as much as 95 percent of global military space spending in 1999, according to the French space agency CNES.


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You know I was thinking the Bush plan to Mars was the only good thing he has done in his presidency. Guess like I was wrong about it......does every action of this administration have a hidden motive?




posted on Jan, 18 2004 @ 11:59 PM
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DARPA's Project Falcon, and others.....been discussed here at ATS.
This article is only making a connection to those said projects, though not mentioning them by name.
Space is, after-all, the "Final Frontier", is it not?
Who would think that in going into space, that exploration and colonization would not also include the military and any aspects of war?
Inevitability to me....



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seekerof



posted on Jan, 19 2004 @ 12:03 AM
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Thay need to put some trash up there before the russians and chinese go and find out there are no remnants of U.S. occupation.



posted on Jan, 19 2004 @ 12:10 AM
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Originally posted by Seekerof
DARPA's Project Falcon, and others.....been discussed here at ATS.
This article is only making a connection to those said projects, though not mentioning them by name.
Space is, after-all, the "Final Frontier", is it not?
Who would think that in going into space, that exploration and colonization would not also include the military and any aspects of war?
Inevitability to me....



regards
seekerof


Well said Seekerof

I forgot for a second this is mankind. A race that has the capability to make the world a great place, but choses the wrong route the majority of the time. It is Inevitable.....god knows how we will ruin space in the future. We've destroyed everything in our path. We've seen our potential yet we still lack something as a whole.



posted on Jan, 19 2004 @ 12:15 AM
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"Theresa Hitchens of the private Center for Defense Information said the capabilities to conduct space warfare would move out of the realm of science fiction and into reality over the next 20 years or so. "

Let them fight it out up there, it'll minimize civilian casualties.






posted on Jan, 19 2004 @ 12:36 AM
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Let me get this straight.This idiot has just proclaimed a date for space when he wont even be in office.Perfect

How embarrasing.

Heres what im thinking...If we have had so many successful missions to the moon so far. why would it take so long for the next one?



posted on Jan, 19 2004 @ 11:58 AM
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It couldn't have anything to do with China's rapidly developing space program? We all knew something like this would happen as soon as china announced it was sending a man into space. America can't be second best at anything. Bush is making promises to keep himself in office knowing full well that the odds of it happening are probably nil. He's trying to recapture our imaginations in a last ditch effort to win the election. Give me a break.



posted on Jan, 19 2004 @ 12:02 PM
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It couldn't have anything to do with China's rapidly developing space program? We all knew something like this would happen as soon as china announced it was sending a man into space. America can't be second best at anything. Bush is making promises to keep himself in office knowing full well that the odds of it happening are probably nil. He's trying to recapture our imaginations in a last ditch effort to win the election. Give me a break.



posted on Jan, 19 2004 @ 02:03 PM
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The US needs to make a military presence in our solar system lest it falls behind or unknowingly gives advantage to others that make the initiative.

I welcome the initiative since the purpose of military stength is to protect the population. Many people tend to lose sight of this. Warfare ultimately exists to protect a people and not for its own ends, otherwise the people would not allow it to exist.



posted on Jan, 19 2004 @ 02:10 PM
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If we have had so many successful missions to the moon so far. why would it take so long for the next one?


I was thinking the same thing when i was reading about this in the paper... it said something like "and we can have a man on the moon by 2020?" what the hell is up with that? 1969 was 34 years ago!!!! now with our improved technology we need another almost 20 years to do it again? something doesn't add up.



posted on Jan, 19 2004 @ 02:18 PM
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Good points, makes you wonder what they are really up to doesn't it?



posted on Jan, 19 2004 @ 02:21 PM
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Originally posted by THENEO
Good points, makes you wonder what they are really up to doesn't it?
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They have to outfit the ships with weapons first. So we can "explore".



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