Russia, I tend to agree with you.
Voices out of the Kremlin are claiming that the upcoming attempts of the US military to shoot one of their own satellites out of space with a missile is an (poorly veiled) opportunity to test a surface-to-space missile.
Americans claim that their bus-sized satellite, which is on the fritz and due to crash-land on Earth in early March, needs to be knocked to smaller bits because they don’t want anything on land wrecked, and more importantly there is 1000 pounds of hydrazine (the satellite’s fuel) which is very toxic.
According to WIkipedia,
Hydrazine is highly toxic and dangerously unstable, especially in the anhydrous form. Symptoms of acute exposure to high levels of hydrazine in humans may include irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, dizziness, headache, nausea, pulmonary edema, seizures, coma, and it can also damage the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system. The liquid is corrosive and may produce dermatitis from skin contact in humans and animals. Effects to the lungs, liver, spleen, and thyroid have been reported in animals chronically exposed to hydrazine via inhalation. Increased incidences of lung, nasal cavity, and liver tumors have been observed in rodents exposed to hydrazine.
OK, so there’s a health risk. The conspiracy theorist in me says, so what. 70% of the Earth’ surface is water, and of the land, 90% of it isn’t USA. So that leaves two options that I can think of.
The USA has been under a bit of pressure lately from all kinds of other wannabe superpowers. Russia, China, al Queda all have qualms, quibbles and beefs with the US. They’ve been asserting their power and flexing their muscles all over the world in the last year or two. China recently blew one of their own old satellites out of the air with some kind of suped up laser. Russia is threatening Eastern Europe over potential cooperation with American missile defence systems and even going so far as to say there is a new arms race. Why not shut some pie-holes up by firing a missile from a boat on the ocean into outer space to destroy a satellite?
The other theory (and I personally like this one much better) is that the Americans have something on board the satellite besides the hydrazine that they don’t want anyone else to come in contact with. If 95% of the Earth isn’t the USA, there’s a darn good chance someone else could be around to pick up some of the pieces. Just exactly, what could those pieces be?
Well, check out what US 193 (the boring name of the satellite) translates into using webdings, wingdings 1, 2 and 3:
From these icons, I would conclude the contents may be square buttons, video tapes, trash cans, bull horns, file folders, diving helmets or perhaps the red cross blood donor records. Scary!
Read what actual journalists are saying here.