Oh, this is a riot.
"Britain, Japan and Australia joined the United States on Friday in voicing concern about the rising militarization of space after China successfully carried out a test of an anti-satellite weapon."
This is what drives me absolutely batshit about this country; one set of rules for us, another for everyone else.
"It's politically sensitive, but it’s going to happen. Some people don’t want to hear this, and it sure isn't in vogue, but—absolutely—we're going to fight in space. We're going to fight from space and we're going to fight into space. That's why the US has development programs in directed energy and hit-to-kill mechanisms. We will engage terrestrial targets someday—ships, airplanes, land targets—from space."
Commander-in-Chief of US Space Command, Joseph W. Ashy, Aviation Week and Space Technology, August 9, 1996, quoted from Master of Space by Karl Grossman, Progressive Magazine, January 2000
"The United States will preserve its rights, capabilities, and freedom of action in space; dissuade or deter others from either impeding those rights or developing capabilities intended to do so; take actions necessary to protect its space capabilities; respond to interference; and deny, if necessary, adversaries the use of space capabilities hostile to US national interests."
Bush's National Space Policy
"The United States has been researching satellite-killers of its own, experimenting with lasers on the ground that could disable, disrupt and destroy spacecraft."
Some of the news stories actually point out this hypocritical stance but it's buried at the bottom 1/3rd of every story I could find.
This isn't isolated. The United States government lies, assassinates, installs puppet regimes, you name it -- then musters up enough chutzpah to expresses righteous indignation in the same breath.
We should be indignant. But if we weren't participating ourselves, maybe we wouldn't be laughed off the world stage.