On both the far left and far right, Donald Trump was seen in 2016 as a less serious threat to global stability than the dastardly corporate globalist centrists in the Republican and Democratic parties.
Glenn Greenwald for example, relentlessly attacked Hillary Clinton with far more venom than he reserved for Trump, claiming she was a grave danger to the world and “just as bad” as her political rival. Greenwald went as far as to defend Trump’s foreign policy positions, claiming he had a “non-interventionist mindset” on issues like Israel/Palestine.
@mehdirhasan It's not about being "tough on Israel" because he sympathizes with Palestinians – it's a non-interventionist mindset.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 11, 2016
Fast forward to Trump’s opening of the new US Embassy in Jerusalem, 58 Palestinian protestors murdered by Israeli soldiers, and thousands of casualties, the Greenwald left is still yet to retract their position that Hillary Clinton would have been as relentlessly destructive.
The Alt Right, led by guru Steve Bannon also maintained that a Trump presidency would be good for the world because Trump was not a globalist and wouldn’t follow the interventionist policies of Bush/Clinton/Obama. Trump would restore American dominance by closing off trade, withdrawing from international treaties, and not getting involved in anyone else’s business.
Which is why it is a little hard for the Alt Right to explain why the Trump administration’s decision to create “Space Force” — an army trained to fight enemies outside of the earth’s atmosphere and ensure America rules the galaxy, fits in with their philosophy.
“The time has come to write the next great chapter in the history of our armed forces to prepare for the next battlefield where America’s best and bravest will be called to deter and defeat a new generation of threats to our people, to our nation,” said VP Mike Pence to an audience at the Pentagon.
“The time has come to establish the United States Space Force.”
The president chimed in with this supportive tweet:
Space Force all the way!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2018
Readers of Trump’s online mouthpiece Breitbart were ecstatic over the announcement, declaring it a great victory for Trumpism and America:
It should be pointed out that no one outside of the Trump administration believes this to be a good idea or intelligent way to spend $8 billion over the next five years, including the US military. As ex-NASA astronaut Mark Kelly told MSNBC, “The only person that I’ve heard say this is a fantastic idea is the Commander in Chief, the President of the United States,” he said. “Everybody else says it’s redundant, it’s wasteful. We don’t have the need out there right now.”
The creation of “Space Force” does however lay bare the Trump administration’s real foreign policy intent. They aim to maintain American military supremacy and hegemony by any means necessary, creating more global tension by radically upping the stakes in outer space. “We must have American dominance in space, and so we will,” said Pence in his speech at the Pentagon.
America already outspends every other nation on earth on its military, so to spend yet more of tax payers money on becoming dominant in space rather than, say, working towards ensuring space isn’t militarized is a colossal waste of time, energy and resources. No good can come from creating new arenas to fight new wars in, so to announce the beginning of what is essentially a new arms race signifies where the Trump administration’s true motives lie.
Based on their actions it is clear that Trump and Pence want to create a more hostile world where violence could erupt at any moment, and they want to destroy the institutions built to prevent them. They have worked diligently to offend allies, break apart political alliances, and undermine global institutions created to keep the peace. They now want more resources to spend on more weapons to fight in new arenas the rest of the world wants to safeguard from violence.
Trump’s decision to escalate the militarization of space should finally lay to rest the redundant theories floating around the far left and far right that centrist politicians are the real threat to global peace. Trump and Pence are the real globalists — they just don’t want a peaceful one.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.