“Everybody’s watching — we can’t build a heavy

bureaucratic structure even if we wanted to.”

– Lt. Gen. David Thompson, Vice Commander of the Space Force

“You can’t do that. If you let your friends

blow up the Earth, I’ll never speak to you again.”

– Space Invaders, 1990

 Asking the media to think about the president’s decisions on their own merits — to separate them from the man himself — is like asking people to laugh at Bill Cosby’s comedy, listen to R. Kelly’s music, or watch Woody Allen’s films. It’s too difficult for people to grapple with that kind of objectivity when what they see is a president ignoring domestic problems, like the opioid crisis and health care or infrastructure and education, in favor of stargazing and vanity projects intended to help gain political capital or win re-election. 

Whether or not a Space Force is a good decision can and should be debated on good faith alone. It’s not a solution in search of a problem. It’s been called a premature move for at least two decades now. It makes one wonder: When is the right time, then?