The News Hour with Jim Lehrer is on right now and they're talking about the military satellite they need to shoot down before it crashes. A professor from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is talking specifically about the lameness of the reason put forth by the government for shooting it down: the need to destroy the the tank of toxic fuel (hydrazine) before it lands on Earth.
I am so glad to hear someone say this because I was thinking the same thing.
Hydrazine is so explosive and
This is so obviously a show of power and technical skill, and (the funny thing is) there's really no reason to hide that. China shoots down their satellites. Russia carries out "routine" missile test launches on December 25th. But the United States needs to be...altruistic? It's just not credible.