Tuesday, February 3, 2009

This is comforting...

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has successfully sent its first domestically made satellite into orbit, state radio reported Tuesday, another development in the country's ambitious space program that has worried many international observers.

The satellite called Omid, or hope in Farsi, was launched late Monday after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gave the order to proceed, according to the radio report. State television also showed footage of what it said was the satellite blasting off in the darkness from an unidentified location in Iran.
Yes...it's the same Iran that continues to state without ambiguity that they would like to wipe Israel and the United States off the map.

Now, let's revisit what our leader is doing:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's pledge to seek a worldwide ban on weapons in space marks a dramatic shift in U.S. policy while posing the tricky issue of defining whether a satellite can be a weapon.
The thing is...when nuclear weapons arrived on the scene...the United States was the first to have them...and stayed out in front of our enemies such that any act on their part using weapons of mass destruction would result in their own demise. It was a concept of "first/ second strike capability" that kept everyone with a grain of common sense in check. The fact that the USA held the best hand in the game was further stabling.

In this case, our President has announced that we will not pursue this next generation of defense weapons just weeks before the most insane country on the planet launches their first satellite.

Folks...President Obama needs to lose this naive pacifist mentality...or down the road it will not be pleasant.