When it comes to national defense, Democrats don’t like big ideas.
They didn’t like it in the 1980s, when Ronald Reagan proposed a missile defense system to guard against an attack by the Soviet Union. Critics mocked it as “Star Wars.”
They didn’t like it when George W. Bush and even Barack Obama doubled the size of the nation’s special operations forces to deal with the military realities of war against terrorist forces. (A New York Times column warned about “America’s Dangerous Love for Special Ops.”)
Now, President Donald Trump is proposing another big idea in the realm of national defense to prepare the country for the potential disaster of an attack from space. And liberals are behaving just as predictably as ever.
They’re pitching a hissy fit – while top U.S. military commanders and analysts are warning that global rivals like Russia and China are already militarizing in space.
In a speech this week at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in California, Trump said the country has to be prepared for new front in human warfare.
“Space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air, and sea,” he said, according to CNBC.
“We may even have a Space Force, develop another one, Space Force. We have the Air Force, we’ll have the Space Force.”
Liberals are mocking, but the proposal didn’t come from out of nowhere.
Right now, U.S. space defenses come under command of the Air Force. Last year, according to The Wall Street Journal, the House version of the national defense authorization bill included setting up a new branch of the armed forces to deal specifically with space. However, the idea didn’t fly in the Senate.
So, the idea already has more than a little support among lawmakers, and top military brass are already aware of the dangers the country faces from space-based attacks.
But still liberals have nothing but mockery for the concept — as though mockery is an argument. Check out a couple of these responses on Twitter.
— Richard Wilis, Jr. (@rwjmozell) March 14, 2018
— Mike (@mfink103) March 14, 2018
He’s going to start training Jedi’s?????😳
— Harold V. Kilgour (@v_kilgour) March 14, 2018
Very clever. Now go play with your “Star Wars” action figures and leave the conversation to adults.
Here’s the thing about the reaction to Trump’s idea. Liberals love to pretend they’re realistic, when it means having no control over something that is entirely controllable – like claiming it’s no good teaching abstinence to teenagers because they’re just going to have sex anyway.
And they love to claim they’re realistic when it comes to controlling things humans have no control over — like pretending the 6-billion-year-old climate of the planet Earth has been has warped irreparably by less than 200 years of industrial development.
But when it comes to being realistic about a very real threat facing the very real country they live in, they resort to Hollywood analogies and cartoon characters to make fun of the person responsible enough to at least start to take action.
None of this is to say that revamping the United States military to establish a separate branch for space warfare is a good idea, or an idea whose time has come.
But it is to say that Trump is acting in response to the dangers of the world as it is today – and proposing a solution for the dangers of the world as it might be tomorrow. (If Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative hadn’t been attacked as a hopeless “Star Wars” fantasy in the 1980s, North Korea’s missile program might not be such a problem now.)
But serious preparation for serious dangers is not a concept that’s familiar to liberals, so their reaction isn’t all that surprising. About the only thing that is surprising is we haven’t heard from Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer making fun of Trump’s proposal yet.
After all, it’s a big idea about national defense, and liberals don’t deal well with them at all.
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