posted on Mar, 14 2004 @ 12:57 PM
Bush is only pushing the public space program, NASA, to desensatize the American public so he can restart daddy's Star Wars. With that he can sell
more fuel and fill the pockets of his defense contractor buddies. Most of that money will be spent on fuel and friends, not new technology or
research. If he really wanted to get to Mars he would have offered more grants to independent research and commercial ventures like the Xprize. His
Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, chaired the The Commission to Assess United States National Security Space Management and Organization, until
his appointment (at which point he resigned), and released its 69-page executive summary on January 11, 2001. The Commission examined space-related
national security issues, as the Wall Street Journal explained it, "what's at stake and what it will take to ensure that the U.S. remains
pre-eminent." But the reality is that this report, like the first Rumsfeld report, is about shaping congressional opinion to favor even more money
for an already bloated military budget. Claiming the US is at risk of a "space Pearl Harbor," the report makes a number of recommendations - ranging
from the need to develop new technologies to defend US space assets, to ensuring the US can deploy weapons in space, and potentially forming a Space
Corps within the Air Force. Go to worldpolicy.org...
for the full story.