An opinion piece by Australian writer John Birmingham published on December 17, 2013 inside Brisbane Times gives a hint of how the landing with the Chinese Chang'e 3/Jade rabbit is now being seen in countries beyond China plus the United States.
Birmingham understands that Chinese moon landing as being a significant and largely positive development, albeit not for America's own space agency.
'Significant because doing so marks the arrival with the emerging Chinese superstate for the highest frontier; since it throws into sharp relief the retreat with the US from space; and given it presages a brand new realm of competition between Beijing's massive state supported space program as well as the growing band of private, western firms aiming to extract value from cold rocks within the sky.'
In plain english the new space race will probably be between China plus a bevy of western businesses like SpaceX, Planetary Resources, and Golden Spike, and the like. This is actually, despite Birmingham's assessment, a potentially bad situation.
The reason things could turn ugly is always that China provides the military muscle of your government to back its space ambitions. Without their unique nation state to back them up, a gaggle of commercial miners for the moon, say, can be out of luck if China chosen to jump their claim.
Birmingham meets your needs that NASA is usually a captive to crazy politics. But it needs liberating unless one desires that China becomes the dominate space power check here for the planet, thus taking possession in the future.
Ironically Birmingham is the most suitable known inside United States since the author of an trilogy of alternate history novels where the United States is destroyed by an established unknown entity.