Here's the conversation with Mrs. Phoenix:
Her: So, what's with this headline, US military shoots down satellite? Is there something to it beyond the fact that the Navy wants to play with the big missiles?
Me: Well, hard to know. I read that there are four steps to the life cycle of a satellite, and that this one failed after the first stage. So it launched, but can't steer itself down to a harmless landing, and that's why it needs to be shot down. (long pause) But now that you ask, I wonder what motive the US military might have to take delivery on a spy satellite which had not been tested on all its critical systems?
And they launched it without checking it adequately. And now they get to show off their spy-satellite-assault capabilities.
Which I think may have been sold to them by the same company that built the failed satellite.
Nah, nothing to see here.