“Becky is Better”, The Foreword

“If there is intelligent life in the universe, other than ourselves, then we must be prepared to greet it, appropriately; whether peacefully or not. To do otherwise is to court certain disaster—our own history of what happens militarily when a more technologically advanced civilization deals with a less technologically advanced civilization has shown us that, repeatedly. We have a responsibility to not only our fellow Americans, but our fellow human beings worldwide as well, to do whatever is required of us to insure the continuation of our species at any cost.”

– President Barack Obama, an excerpt from his redacted “extraterrestrial event” speech in December 2009 before the Joint Chiefs of Staff.