August 13, 2018

Space Force

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“President Donald Trump’s administration on Thursday announced an ambitious plan to usher in a new ‘Space Force’ as the sixth branch of the military by 2020.” (Reuters)

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The left is generally critical of creating a whole new branch of the military.

America already has a military branch for space operations. The Air Force handles military rocket launches, develops most of the Pentagon's spacecraft and tracks satellites on behalf of the whole government, while leaving room for the Army and Navy to undertake certain niche space missions of their own. Creating a separate branch for space wouldn't mean more or better rockets and satellites. But it would mean more bureaucrats.”

Daily Beast

A new branch will likely lead to increased inefficiencies and competition between the branches.

"The priorities of the other services in space will necessarily conflict with the priorities of the Space Force itself.

Lawfare Blog

“The only other country to ever have an independent space-focused military branch is Russia. But as Defense News noted, ‘in 2015 Russia actually merged its space force with the air force in an attempt to consolidate command authority and replicate the traditional U.S. approach.’ Now Trump is going in the opposite direction, replicating what Russia once had.”

New Republic

Lastly, “at least for now... cyberattacks against the United States are more urgent threats than the militarization of the final frontier, and an entirely new service branch seems unnecessary. In the past several years, the military's focus — as Defense Secretary James Mattis noted last year in opposing the idea — has been to better integrate existing services to reduce overhead and duplication.”

USA Today

Trump's “goal, it seems, is to put so much pressure on Tehran that it has no choice but to completely change its behavior — but he could end up leading the countries to the brink of war in the process… Now is typically the time when cooler heads prevail, but it’s unclear if there are cooler heads around… It’s hard to overstate how avoidable this situation was.”
Alex Ward, Vox

“In theory, there’s no reason why a bad businessman can’t go on to become a good president. But a commander-in-chief whose signature legislative achievement expanded tax loopholes that he himself describes as grossly unfair is pretty much a bad president, by definition.”
Eric Levitz, New York Magazine

The right agrees with legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin that the space force is “One giant leap in the right direction.”


The right agrees with legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin that the space force is “One giant leap in the right direction.”


“In an address to Congress in 1961, President Kennedy challenged America to send astronauts to the moon and back before the end of the decade. Mr. Kennedy said that it’s ‘time for this nation to take a clearly leading role in space achievement, which in many ways may hold the key to our future on Earth.’ That’s true in 2018 as well, and it’s not such a crazy idea at all.”

Washington Times

“It is true that the existing branches maintain capabilities that extend into space...

But American air power was once the province of the U.S. Army and Navy, and bureaucratic elements within these two branches opposed the creation of a U.S. Air Force in 1947. The importance of air power in World War II and the likelihood that aircraft would be a critical feature of future warfighting convinced policymakers that

Commentary Magazine

“Most of the command already exists within the U.S. Air Force and consists mostly of ground-based infrastructure... but pulling everything together under one roof, as well as dedicating more money to the military space program, is necessary to meet the growing threats from Russia, China, and others.”

American Thinker

“Those who suggest that the Space Force will constitute a ‘militarization of space’ have not been paying attention. Space has been militarized for decades and is only becoming more so. A powerful United States Space Force would be the means of keeping the peace, making sure that a shooting war in the heavens does not occur.”

The Hill

. The Chinese created something called the PLA Strategic Support Force on December 31, 2015. That includes their space forces as well as their hacking units...

The Russians created the Russian Aerospace Forces at about the same time, actually a little bit before. Both of our key potential adversaries have been thinking about warfighting in space for three, four, five years.”


In response to those who “argue that the international space treaties ensure the peaceful use of space... If international treaties were so effective in keeping the peace, why hasn’t someone created a set of treaties for the peaceful use of the Earth? What makes space so different from the other strategic domains of land, sea, and air?”

The American Spectator

Counterpoint: “after the War of 1812, President Madison… enacted the Tariff of 1816 to price British textiles out of competition, so Americans would build the new factories and capture the booming U.S. market. It worked. Tariffs [also] financed Mr. Lincoln’s War. The Tariff of 1890 bears the name of Ohio Congressman and future President William McKinley, who said that a foreign manufacturer ‘has no right or claim to equality with our own… He pays no taxes. He performs no civil duties’… [A tariff’s] purpose is not just to raise revenue but to make a nation economically independent of others, and to bring its citizens to rely upon each other rather than foreign entities.”
Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

A libertarian's take

“The scoop reflects poorly on Trump, who willfully misled the public for a decade in hopes of fraudulently representing himself as a man with a Midas touch. But he could not have succeeded without the assistance of many Americans, some mercenary, others over-credulous, who helped to spread the deceit and deception, generating countless newspaper articles, magazine stories, and TV segments that misinformed the public about the publicity hound’s record in business. New evidence of his staggering losses in that decade therefore provides an apt occasion to reflect on the media’s complicity in Trump’s brazen deceit and deception… Let [this] be a lesson for today’s tabloids, gossip columnists, over-credulous or mercenary journalists, and reality-television producers.”
Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic

On the bright side...

Police in Germany rescue man being chased by baby squirrel.

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