The left is mocking President Trump for floating the idea of a Space Force, but the president could very well be on to something here.
“Space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air, and sea,” he told a group of U.S. Marines at Air Station Miramar in southern California yesterday.
“We may even have a Space Force, develop another one, Space Force.” One headline by a progressive publication (not worth mentioning) called the president's idea "the laughingstock of the galaxy."
However, the idea of a military Space Corps has been in discussion with lawmakers on Capitol Hill for quite some time -- long before the president made these remarks and long before liberals had their chance to knock his idea with a splashy headline.
Alabama representative Mike Rogers has been a leading advocate for a dedicated Space Corps which has been at the heart of several military debates and failed to become law in the Senate.
Listen to the president's remarks below:
.@POTUS: "My new national strategy for space recognizes that space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, ai… https://t.co/aVlNnSkR2n— Fox News (@Fox News)1521003601.0
The president's proposal led to a lot of "Space Balls" joke. https://t.co/uaJp6HE1zx— HuffPost (@HuffPost)1521008921.0
Trump: "I want a space force!" Hawking: "Check, please."— Human Capital Glock (@Human Capital Glock)1520999767.0
Yesterday at a rally, trump actually said... and this is 100% real... He wants to create a new military branch call… https://t.co/k9tCPZViv4— Mat Molina (@Mat Molina)1521033686.0
According to the Wall Street Journal, " Transferring responsibilities to a stand-alone space force would entail the biggest structural shift inside the military since 1947, when the Air Force was created from its predecessor, the Army Air Corps."