Today, Vice-President Pence held a press event announcing the creation of the “Space Force,” President Trump’s widely panned sixth branch of the military that the nation thought was a joke but now appears to actually be coming to fruition.
“Just as we’ve done in ages past, the United States will meet the emerging threats on this new battlefield. The time has come to establish the United States Space Force” proclaimed Pence. “What was once peaceful and uncontested is now crowded and adversarial. Today, other nations are seeking to disrupt our space-based systems and challenge American supremacy in space as never before, The United States will not shrink from this challenge.”
Observers around the nation, however, are seriously questioning our need for yet another new excuse to hurl preposterous amounts of taxpayer dollars at an enormously inefficient and perpetually unaccountable Pentagon.
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One such observer was renowned journalist Dan Rather, who took to Twitter to roast the President and his team for barreling ahead with this unnecessary vanity and prohibitively expensive vanity project.
When I hear the term "Space Force" I think of boys playing in a sandbox with their G.I. Joe's and model rocket ships, not a sober or coherent evaluation of the risks of military escalation in or on the final frontier.
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) August 9, 2018
He’s absolutely right — not only does the name sound like something the president’s eleven-year-old son came up with, the creation of another military force for an as-yet-unclaimed and neutral territory without any discussion of whether or not we should, whether we have the right to, and whether it would be in humanity’s best interests to do so.
While social media has been having a wonderful time with Starship Troopers memes and Buzz Lightyear jokes in the wake of Pence’s announcement, this is a very serious matter at hand and we cannot allow the neocon imperialists and their military contractor backers to simply ram this through without us giving it the attention it deserves.