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Make Outer Space Great Again! Join the Space Force!

Robert Franklin

Posted on August 10, 2018 10:15

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The Trump Administration is shooting for the stars, so to speak, by organizing and implementing the United States Space Force by 2020. This is stupid. Very, very stupid.

When I first heard President Trump was interested in establishing a sixth branch of the United States Armed Services -- the "Space Force" -- I immediately started humming the theme song to Flash Gordon, because the phrases "Donald Trump" and "Space Force," together, invoke images of a badly-bronzed Sam Jones slowly walking across Mark Wahlberg's apartment in Ted.

That's how likely I think a "Space Force" is going to happen. It will ultimately culminate in a badly-bronzed former celebrity  doing cocaine in a bathroom with Marky Mark and a sentient Teddy Bear voiced by Seth MacFarlane.

But likelihood aside, the justification for the "Space Force" delivered by Mike Pence this week is truly alarming, for it appears we're victims of a concerted effort by other nations to challenge "American supremacy in space as never before," even though logic dictates that the Russians and Chinese developing new satellite technology in no way means that they're making a statement that they could do harm to us.

Only an unabashed, paranoid, and moronic xenophobe -- like President Trump -- would think such an innocuous action would be a political "come at me, comrade."

In recent years, space exploration has not exclusively been an American and Russian affair. We've seen capable space agencies pop up in countries like Japan, India, Spain, and China. Space isn't the center of a U.S.-Russian "Who's Wang is Bigger" contest anymore. It's the next stage of humanity, and an important one, considering decisions like establishing a sixth military branch to combat manufactured existential threats are made over decisions to combat actual existential threats that will render the Earth a frightening hellscape.

Most of these nations with capable space agencies are also bound by the Outer Space Treaty, meaning they have established internationally-applied legal consequences for anyone who decides to flagrantly militarize space. Though, there are some who don't think the Outer Space Treaty can be seriously applied. After all, as Neil deGrasse Tyson laughed with Fareed Zakaria on CNN, "... if [the Outer Space Treaty] is successful, why don't we have a Peaceful Use of Earth Treaty?" We do, though -- the Antarctic Treaty System, and it appears to be working. After all, there aren't any retired soldiers talking about the Battle of Penguin Hill or history books recounting the Siege of the South Pole.

I want to be able to give the Trump Administration the benefit of the doubt and take a less cynical view of this "Space Force." If I had any indication this was actually about asteroid defense or strengthening satellite integrity around the Earth, I would likely be supportive of it. But I don't believe that is the motivation by the Trump Administration. I think President Trump binge-watched Star Trek: Deep Space Nine on Netflix and was so freaked out by the Breen attack on Earth that he couldn't sleep at night not knowing there isn't Space Force to protect him.

Or, maybe, a wall built around the Earth that the Cardassians will pay for?

M.O.S.G.A!

 

 

Robert Franklin

Posted on August 10, 2018 10:15

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Source: Phys.org

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