A few days ago the U.S. shot down a dead satellite. I thought it was a good demonstration of America's technological prowess. It sent a message that if anyone has any ideas on putting weapon satellites in orbit against us, we can shoot them down with precision from anywhere on earth and at will.
I don't know if the military's excuse of public safety was the real reason or if they thought this particular satellite would make for some PR saber rattling. After all, it was last year that China shot down a satellite with a missile which may have sparked the need for a little target practice of our own. IIRC, wasn't it Bill-I feel your pain-Clinton who declassified guidance missile technology and gave it to the Chinese (or was that sold it to them for $3 million or so)?