I enjoyed your talk earlier Christopher. I've got to say, I've never heard of accusations being made towards George W. Bush regarding intergalactic war previously.
The topic is interesting, and I talk a lot about it in day to day conversation, but I am always left with a question that is unanswered, and will likely remain unanswered for a long time: why have we not made contact with an alien species?
A number of possible answers arise:
1. We are alone in the Universe.
2. We are not alone in the Universe, but not a single alien species have the technology/time to contact us.
3. We are not alone in the Universe, but all alien species choose to abstain from contacting us (are we too primitive?).
4. We are not alone in the Universe, but the elite choose to not let us know.
I sometimes wonder if the fourth answer is true, but a part of me still sees the elite as too disorganised to keep a thing that big under wraps. The Manhattan Project was a difficult enough task to keep secret. The possibility arises that only a small number of the elite know about their existence however.
To summarise though, it seems more and more likely with each passing day and each discovery that the existence of an empty Universe is less and less likely; planets are in abundance.