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U.S. Must Dominate Space Exploration

Monday, 01 August 2005 12:00 AM

Nothing could be more wrong.

We need to continue to go into space – with

Our destiny as man is to explore beyond Earth, beyond our solar system.

Our ultimate survival will depend on space exploration.

Even our imminent energy problems may very well be solved through associated technologies that come from the space program. My fave – hydrogen fuel cell cars – has been greatly advanced by NASA's fuel cells aboard our manned spacecraft.

Of more immediate concern, the next great 'battlefield' which we must command is space. We cannot cede space to our potential enemies, especially the Red Chinese.

The Bush administration has already dangerously cut back on new naval spending in order to finance the Iraq campaign to the tune of $300 billion. Still, the U.S. Navy is by far the world's best.

So, too, is our Air Force. Just look at the superb job our Air Force did in both wars in Iraq and the late 2001 campaign in Afghanistan.

Why such success?

Because the American taxpayer – and voter – was willing in the 1980s and 1990s to rebuild our decaying and under-financed military in the wake of the post-Vietnam cutbacks.

Ronald Reagan led the way on this much-needed rebuilding – and America followed.

Today we stand as the lone military superpower in the world. But Red China is spending money to catch up. And if we sit on our laurels, over time they

The Chinese are not to be underestimated: Their economy is booming; their international espionage program and industrial thievery are the best in the world; and their military leadership evidences the maniacal attitude of other military dictatorships.

The recent public statement from a retired Red Chinese general that they will nuke the USA if America defends Taiwan is but the tip of the iceberg; clearly Beijing is prepping a Taiwan takeover. They just want to be certain we can't and won't engage them militarily.

The Bush obsession with Iraq has given our other enemies new openings. With so many of our military resources diverted by Iraq – and with our enlistments way down – the trend is worrisome.

And the Chinese are soon to launch their owned manned space program. You can bet its ultimate goal is to militarize space.

The USA

Thus these shuttle problems in the big scheme of things are a mere pothole in a huge superhighway. In time, we need a new spacecraft to follow the shuttle, which is now 25 years old.

The problem is that politically it is hard to ask the voter for billions in new spending for NASA when spaceflight has seemingly become so routine and no longer exciting.

And we can't go to the American people with a "we must militarize space" pitch because that is not our goal. But we do want to be so far ahead in space technology, experience and know-how that no one could ever catch up.

It's called

Maybe the next president will be.

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