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January 20, 2013

Your view: Letters to the editor

Obama passes on ‘ultimate power in universe’

To the editor:

After receiving a petition signed by 34,000 Americans, last week the Obama administration announced its opposition to building a Death Star like the ones in the first Star Wars trilogy. This decision came in spite of the vast numbers of jobs and technological innovations that building an object the size of a “small moon” in space would produce, as well as the obvious benefits to American power and prestige not only here on Earth, but in the much wider galaxy.

Democrats fought President Reagan’s “Star Wars” program, and now they oppose this one, too.

The White House said that the president “opposed the destruction of planets,” demonstrating once again President Obama’s willingness to sacrifice American jobs to his sacred environmentalist idol, not merely for trees and other lowly creatures here on Earth, but far, far away in other parts of the galaxy, too.

It seems very telling that the White House carefully concealed its opposition to building a Death Star until after the election. The current occupants of the White House either do not care about or are stubbornly blind to the military uses of a Death Star down here on Earth. A weapon that literally leaves empty craters the size of the Earth itself wouldn’t have any problem destroying Iran’s uranium enrichment program, however deep the Iranians have buried it. Of course, the very same blast that erased that threat would also wipe out all of our remaining al-Qaida and Taliban enemies in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere in the world, and take out the murderous Assad regime in Syria and as well as of Israel’s enemies to boot.

At a time when money is very tight, building a Death Star or two or even three shouldn’t bust any budgets. After all, George Lucas had two of them built in space for his first — obviously much better — trilogy, and he also managed to make those three sublime movies at a mere pittance, adjusting for inflation, compared to the budget of even the smallest federal agency.

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