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Space Dominance

In his review of Chalmers JohnsonÆs (2004) The Sorrows of Empire, Erik Riker Coleman (2004, p. 1325) maintains that from the authorÆs perspective, ôThe policies pursued by the Bush administration in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks wereàa radical ramping-up of the imperial project both abroad and at home.ö This radical project aimed at total military dominance includes $10 billion in expenditures aimed at reinforcing and expanding the massive space capability of the U.S. In an unapologetic and strident manner, the U.S. aims to achieve total space domination in future military conflicts. General Franklin J. ôJuddö Blaisdell told reporters during one Pentagon press conference, ôWhether itÆs Iraq or any other enemy of the United states and its allies, I would tell you that weÆre so dominant space that I would pity a country that would come up against us,ö (U.S., 2003, p. 1). This analysis will provide support for the charges of increasing imperialistic intentions on behalf of the U.S. made by Johnson (2004) in The Sorrows of Empire.

Even before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Chalmers Johnson (2004) maintains in The Sorrows of Empire that the Bush administration was planning to attack Afghanistan due to its desire to construct an oil pipeline through the country. Congressional and public rage, fear and unity after the September 11 attacks only served to provide the Bush administration with a blank check for military endeavors. Included in these endeavors is the ability to demolish communications satellites of other nations in order to increase their dependency on the U.S. Other features of what is known as ôspace dominanceö will include kill bullets that shoot other nationÆs missiles before they hit their intended targets, much like the aims of the Reagan administrationÆs Start Wars program that never got off the ground. In The Sorrows of Empire, Chalmers Johnson (2004, p. 311) provides the view o...

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