You know what tells me that the US is above and beyond? The fact that we actually have Spaceport construction being held up by the bureaucracy. That is a testament to both how advanced we are and how all encompassing the red tape is.
I just have this vision of some bespectacled dude with a clipboard talking on the com-link to Captain Jean-Luc Picard; "Sorry, Captain, if you want to fly the Starship Enterprise through this star system, you're going to have to call the DMV..."
But, we can't have something cool without some controversey, right? The Rebel Flag debate goes orbital, and the Russians are to blame. Dadgum Russkies, rilin' up all our American sensitivity & s***.
And while we're busy red taping and hypersensitizing space, France can't even figure out how to fly a plane.