The Washington PostThis is a scary article.
President Bush has signed a new National Space Policy that rejects future arms-control agreements that might limit U.S. flexibility in space and asserts a right to deny access to space to anyone “hostile to U.S. interests”.
Basically, Bush's policy is that if they don't like your country, then they're going to destroy your satellites, deny you the use of launching facilities, or any space technology or space technology goods from other countries, destroy or damage your space/telecommunications infrastructure (like satellite base stations etc.), and so on.
I don't know about you, but that scares me. It also depresses me.
The services carried by satellites are pretty much essential to all modern countries and their economies in today's world, to wish to deny people access to that is basically criminal. And don't be stupid enough to think that they just mean “military satellites”, that's a very small part of what satellites do, and even satellites with military applications usually always have significant civilian uses.
Given the present bungling buffoonery with these imbeciles throwing around frankly moronic, functionally meaningless, but nevertheless very pejorative terms like Rouge State, Supporters of Terror, Axis of Evil, pretty much any country in the world could easily fall into the category of hostile to U.S. interests.
When countries like North Korea say that sanctions against their nuclear weapons programs are a trigger for war, that's silly, but if the US takes action against a country's space technology, that really will be a genuine trigger for war.
Iran, Cuba, Syria, and Venezuela for example are perfectly fine nations, developing away and modernising all the time. The one thing they have in common is that the US doesn't like them and most of them get a hell of a lot of nasty propaganda spread about them. A denial of space technology will cease their modernisation and set them back years, -that kind of thing only increases hatred of the US world wide, and ensures that die-hard, hardline conservative nationalists and religious fundamentalists take control and stay in firm domination, making sure that yet more and more countries become hostile to U.S. interests and the ones that already are have even more reason to be.