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‘Space force’ is (not) here.
What is it? You don’t need to know! When’s it going to happen? Never! How will it affect you? It won’t!
Then why are you reading this? That gets to the heart of an existential question about how the president is covered by the media. If he makes an outlandish statement with no grounding in reality and no likelihood of ever happening, is it important for that information to be passed along to every American as heedlessly and breathlessly as possible?
What if the name is kinda funny?
Today, the president announced the creation of a “space force.”
BREAKING: Trump announces he's directing Pentagon to create 'space force' as independent service branch.— The Associated Press (@AP) June 18, 2018
This is not a thing the president can do, really, but who cares? Here’s the president’s logic, announced at a meeting of the National Space Council: “Very importantly, I’m hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces.”
Here’s the rest of the statement.
We are going to have the Air Force and we are going to have the Space Force—separate but equal. It is going to be something. So important.
While the president can’t tell the Pentagon to do things, it’s somewhat hard to accomplish them without money, which Congress would need to provide. Some have already said they wouldn’t do that.
The president told a US general to create a new Space Force as 6th branch of military today, which generals tell me they don’t want. Thankfully the president can’t do it without Congress because now is NOT the time to rip the Air Force apart. Too many important missions at stake. https://t.co/uYzqg1W8nE— Senator Bill Nelson (@SenBillNelson) June 18, 2018
All that’s left is to read some tweets. Some of them are funny!
Dear President Trump,— Darth Vader (@DepressedDarth) June 18, 2018
If you want to create a Space Force, I’m your guy. I was once Supreme Commmander of the Galactic Empire. Give me a call when you can.
You just know that Trump is going to try and appoint George Jetson as commander of the Space Force #spaceforce— Albert D (@BigAlDell) June 18, 2018
The thing to understand about the Space Force is that every one of you, including the ones who just heard about it right now, have put in more thought about it than the president did.— Starfish Who Thinks He Can "Be A Real Writer" (@IRHotTakes) June 18, 2018
Space force sound like a power rangers series— Edmond Dantès (@El__Youri) June 18, 2018
Here's a first look at the new "Space Force" being assembled. pic.twitter.com/S3rSGCBpK9— Bryan Colangelo Burner Account (@MooneyEsquire) June 18, 2018
Captain Space Force pic.twitter.com/MDqiCTfoRE— kay (@karicha6376) June 18, 2018
BREAKING: Trump taps Gen. Miles Quaritch to head new Space Force. pic.twitter.com/T1jNIWYTlG— David B Larter (@DavidLarter) June 18, 2018
TIRED: We're too broke to keep doing joint military exercises with South Korea.— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 18, 2018
WIRED: Let's create a "SPACE FORCE!" so we can conquer Mars pic.twitter.com/wfPfbeioh1
Here are some tweets about it being a distraction from bigger issues, which it is, but it’s a very inconsequential one—unless you consider that everyone writing about it being a distraction is in fact a distraction?
I don’t know anymore.
Anyway. Space force.
For no reason, here is 2 minutes of Trump saying “Space Force” set to the time of The Tornados’ classic space song “Telstar” pic.twitter.com/2YEiWUoUtD— Marcus Gilmer (@marcusgilmer) June 18, 2018
David Covucci is the Layer 8 editor at the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the web. His work has appeared in Vice, the Huffington Post, Jezebel, Gothamist, and other publications. He is particularly interested in hearing any tips you have. Reach out at [email protected]