The winds of life can change abruptly.
Go back about six weeks, and Rupert Murdoch's media empire looks indomitable. Now it's slowly rolling in the water like a half-dead sea mammal.
The inimitable Christopher Hitchens wrote: "There was something almost bizarrely therapeutic about this week's 'hearings,' with the old lion looking querulous and baffled and burned out: at once involved with a crouching-tiger wife who was young enough to be his daughter, and a female editor who appeared to be the daughter he never had. But where was the great issue of state: the trigger of pride and jingoism and swashbuckling empire-building? "
You could say the same thing about our space program.
Somehow, without a casually detectable change of course, we of the mighty U.S. went from one of the two super-powers of space to a befuddled David Copperfield figure, dependent on the good and bad behavior of others and seemingly unable to author our own lives.
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