[December 2, 2018] Army Vet takes on the idea that a new U.S. Space Command is necessary but makes fun of the idea because its time has not yet come.
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope: Yesterday I was flicking through the cable television channels on my old Sony Trinitron Model KV27 television set and ran across the very first Star Wars movie. There it was, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope … I’d not seen it since its 1977 opening day to in an empty theater. My how things have changed in the decades since its first showing. Back when I was a kid, we used to pretend we were spacemen (yeah, that’s right, there were no spacegirls) and zoomed around the house; much to the displeasure of my parents. My friend Wilson said we were “space cadets” and yet as young boys with an imagination that was always a bit stunted by our immaturity, we were at the beginning of something new and exciting. But decades later and today, yes today, we are on the precipice of a genuine, no kidding, space command and space cadets … for real. How stupid can American politicians get. We don’t need no stinkin’ space force!
Pentagon to establish a space command, eyes Space Force by 2020: So read the lead article’s title in the U.S. military Stars & Stripes newsmagazine that is for all things that make our military personnel look good, sound terrific, and occasionally exposes a corrupt DoD contractor. The Vice President of the United States himself, Mike Pence, made the announcement for a new separate U.S. Space Force as the 6th military service. Don’t we have enough military services that don’t cooperate or operate jointly? Don’t you think those new ROTC college students who want to do something really marvelous would like to be called … just wait for it … a SPACE CADET. Yep, Wilson, my childhood buddy, the get-out-of-detention extraordinaire, had it right 60 years ago in my parents living room. Zoom Zoom.
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.: You remember Elliot and his friend Greg don’t you? You know, Elliot and Greg from the 1982 Spielberg movie E.T. who were discussing what to do this “E.T.” creature that Elliot befriends and who is stranded on Earth. Elliot speaking to Greg says, “He’s a man from outer space and we’re taking him to his spaceship.” Greg, “Well, can’t he just beam up?” Elliot, “This is ‘reality’, Greg.” Hummmm, reality? That’s what the U.S. government has better get and get quick. A Space Command is just another pretty bandwagon to hop on and play along with while the PR machine is spinning along and spitting out some really cool pictures and stuff. I was captivated by it all but, like most common folk, I woke up the next day. With a good night’s sleep behind me I immediately concluded that this money should maybe go to one of the other five military services.
The Space Marines? Many “space experts” tell me that the U.S. Air Force taking over the PR and the money would be the best idea circulating in the Pentagon’s underground of junior officers. Then I said to myself, naw, that won’t work because they’re too sissy or they might be taking a cocktail break just when you might need them. I say, put the extra effort into the U.S. Marine Corps; Simper Fi. They know how to make things work. They kick butt without even breaking a sweat. If anyone made fun of a U.S. Marine Space Cadet at a local bar, there would be a bar fight that only a Marine would love and love to win at all costs. They’re famous for fighting and that’s what a new government space initiative is all about. That’s it. The U.S. Marines have my vote. What do you think, Wilson?