Space Force

MAKE SPACE GREAT AGAIN: Trump Looks to Add New Branch to Military

It is more than fair to say that Donald J. Trump has been an ambitious President.  In fact, that may be understating the issue a bit.

We have to remember that Trump’s entire participation in the electoral process was considered a bit of an outlier, from the word “go”.  The republican field was incredibly diverse, and far, far too large, with flash-in-the-pan candidates such as Jim Gilmore, to the real road warriors, such as Ted Cruz, who battled until the bitter end.  Trump, a non-politician New York billionaire, bested them all.  The entire lot of them.  Sixteen of the nation’s leading conservative minds.  All trounced by Trump.  Ditched by The Donald.  Hoodwinked by The Hair.

This was Trumpian ambition at its finest:  He went to the mountain.  He laid verbal waste to the mountain.  He climbed atop the rubble.  From there, all he had to do was defeat a career democratic politician who just happened to have the support of the sitting President, who was an idol to the democratic masses.

No biggie.

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Trump certainly had a fair bit of luck working for him here.  You see, the democratic choices to oppose Trump were abhorrent.  On one hand you had Bernie Sanders:  A fringe left winger who identifies as a democratic socialist.  On the other hand, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Bernie was actually polling better than Clinton in a hypothetical matchup against Trump for a vast span of the 2016 campaign, and likely would have been The Donald’s debate punching bag had Hillary Clinton not wholly interfered with the entire democratic process.

“Donna Brazile’s stunning admission that last year’s Democratic primary was ‘rigged’ in favor of Hillary Clinton and against Sen. Bernie Sanders is actually good news for Democrats. After stunning reversals in recent years, the party now knows it has a problem.

“Remember how, when Bernie claimed the contest was rigged back in the summer of 2016, he was accused of ‘sour grapes’ and even sexism? Turns out, the Democratic National Committee, already the subject of a class-action suit, owes him an apology.”

How would one actually rig such an in-focus event?

“The Democrats were broke and in debt after bankrolling President Obama’s second-term campaign, and he did little to help them  raise the money they needed. Desperate, the Democratic National Committee made a deal with Clinton early in her campaign to jointly raise money together. Using Clinton’s fundraising clout, the DNC was soon out of debt. In exchange, Clinton took control of the DNC, including hiring and firing, and used it as a political weapon against her foes.

“The deal let Clinton raise money outside the limits of the campaign finance law, by in effect laundering campaign donations through the DNC. It may have been illegal.

“Bernie didn’t stand a chance. Nor did then-Vice President Joe Biden, who, after showing all the signs of running for president, suddenly bowed out in October of 2015 — months after Hillary took over the DNC.”

And, even with all of this working in her favor, Clinton was Trumped, literally and figuratively.

Donald Trump just sent the entire political world packing, and he did so by appealing to We The People.  This may have been his greatest achievement of ambition yet, but he wasn’t done.  He made some extremely heavy promises to the American people out on the campaign trail, and by God, he was going to deliver.

Even the folks over at Politifact, (a notoriously left-leaning organization), can’t deny that Trump is making some incredible strides with his numerous, ambitious campaign promises.

Well, would you look at that?  It looks as though there isn’t much of a problem achieving with the administration, so…

…Why not shoot for the moon?  Literally.

President Trump, perhaps inspired by the Reagan-esque circumstances of his ongoing battle with Russia, is looking to make space great again, or, at least safe.  With the idea of a new “space force”.

“President Donald Trump said Tuesday he wants the US military to create a new ‘space force,’ adding to the Pentagon’s current ground, navy and air forces.

“Trump told troops at the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station near San Diego that the new group would be able to encapsulate the ‘tremendous amount’ of work the military and government are doing in space-related defense.

“‘My new national strategy for space recognizes that space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air and sea,’ Trump said.

“‘We may even have a space force… We have the air force, we’ll have the space force, we’ll have the army, the navy.'”

This idea has, of course, been floated before, (no pun intended), by numerous administrations and legislators.  Just last year the idea was shot down, (pun intended, that time), by The Mad Dog himself.

“‘At a time when we are trying to integrate the department’s joint warfighting functions, I do not wish to add a separate service that would likely present a narrower and even parochial approach to space operations,’ Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Congressman Michael Turner in a letter last July.

“It would be ‘premature to add additional organizational and administrative tail to the department at a time I am trying to reduce overhead,’ he added.”

Okay, Mad Dog.  Maybe we’re not ready for the Space Force yet, but that hasn’t stopped Americans from dreaming of it.


Now, the  real question is, do we need a Space Force?  The answer may surprise you.

“The debate centers on the 73 trillion cubic miles spanning everything from a few hundred miles above the Earth’s surface to the farthest reaching satellites 22,000 miles out. It’s a domain over which the U.S. claims it must continue to be the principal governing power if space is to remain a peaceful commons. And it involves both protecting orbiting U.S. assets as well as ensuring the safety of the vital military and commercial information they convey to Earth.

“Losing U.S. dominance in space could have wide-reaching effects, American officials fear, from limiting the ability to guide ships, foot patrols, manned jets, drones or missiles toward precision targets, to communicating with and saving wounded soldiers in the deep hinterlands of the Afghan Hindu Kush mountains, to more benign matters, like disrupting GPS systems that direct millions of American commuters and support domestic farmers who rely on them to steer combines in perfectly straight lines and maximize their crop yields.

“The question facing the new administration is how far the U.S. should proceed in preparing for military action against either U.S. interests in space or the purpose of those missions, while stopping short of provoking an arms race from countries like Russia and China. They’re among other world powers contemplating an alternative future for space, one in which they would have the ability to deny America’s free movement and solidify their own positions as global military and economic contenders.”

Obviously, there is no way of knowing at this time how far along China and Russia could be in their space programs, given that there is certainly an element of stealth to those proceedings.  What we do know is that there are definitely programs in place in those nations to dominate the skies.

We cannot let that happen, and President Donald Trump knows that.

Thank the Heavens for that man’s ambition.

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