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Pentagon Investigating Whether Trump Moved ‘Space Force’ Command to Punish Colorado, and Reward Alabama

Anyone who has ever been to Huntsville, Alabama, knows that it’s a very cool town. It is just big enough to have plenty going on and yet small enough that it feels like every other person is as smart as a “rocket scientist.” This is because every other person is a rocket scientist. (Or close enough.) So this isn’t about a “downgrade” in Space Force command.

But the Pentagon is most certainly asking questions about why and how Trump decided on January 13th to move the entire “Space Force” command from Colorado Springs (another cool town, though also the home of many hardcore fundamentalist groups.) to Huntsville, Alabama. Trump sure did a lot at the very end of his tenure, yes? From Rawstory:

“The decision on Jan. 13, one week before Trump left office, blindsided Colorado officials and raised questions of political retaliation. Trump had hinted at a Colorado Springs rally in 2020 that the command would stay at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs,” reported Nicholas Riccardi. “But the man with whom Trump held that rally, Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, lost his reelection bid in November, and Colorado, unlike Alabama, voted decisively against Trump.”

“Blindsided” sounds like something done out of rage. It would not have been the first time Trump “governed” the country according to who supported him and who didn’t. Remember, we’re talking about the guy who didn’t want to order emergency funds to California because it didn’t support him.

The move to relocate the Space Command has sparked bipartisan outrage in Colorado, with GOP Rep. Doug Lamborn, who represents Colorado Springs, saying Trump’s decision was a “fundamentally flawed process that focused on bean-counting.”

Or revenge. The Pentagon is infamous for manipulating “bean counting” to come to any preordained conclusion.

According to Defense One, “Colorado Springs is also the headquarters of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, charged with warning of incoming aircraft, missiles, or space vehicles, which uses satellites to detect incoming intercontinental ballistic missiles. Huntsville is the home of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency. It is also less than one hundred miles from the district of Rep. Mike Rogers, R-AL., one of the key proponents of the U.S. Space Force and the incoming ranking minority member of the House Armed Services Committee.

It sounds like a favor to us, but then again, we don’t have to prove it.

We have a great solution. Dismantle Space Force. We don’t need another military branch. It spreads out accountability, making it harder. The military branches are already involved in space. If equipment or a satellite is launched into space, that sounds like an Air Force thing. If U.S. personnel are launched into space (some think that we have U.S. military personnel in space already, just very secretly), but if service people are in space, they are aboard a “ship,” which sounds like a Navy thing to us. Maintain that whole system from NORAD. Pretty straightforward.

But we won’t be surprised if we hear that the entire thing was done out of anger and directly tied to Trump’s favorite branch, the one he “formed.”

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Peace, y’all
Jason
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Jason Miciak is an attorney, author, political analyst and writer originally from Canada, with dual citizenship, living with his wife and daughter in southern Mississippi. He has an B.S. in Biology and a Minor in American History from Gonzaga University and a J.D. from the University of California. He does as little law as he can get away with while now doing full time writing for Political Flare. He also enjoys gardening, fishing, casual reading in science and dogs.

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