10/08/2018 alternet.org #144499

'A Nonsense Idea': Retired 4-Star Army General Explains Why Trump's Space Force Is Ludicrous and Probably Doomed to Fail

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Vice President Mike Pence doubled down on President Donald Trump's proposal for a new branch of the military the 'Space Force in a speech Thursday, despite the fact that few experts support the proposal. Even Defense Secretary James Mattis, who was appointed by Trump himself, is reportedly opposed to the notion.

On MSNBC's "The Beat" with host Ari Melber, retired four-star Army General Barry McCaffrey explained exactly why "Space Force" is a terrible idea.

"It's actually a very bad idea," he said. "It's expensive. It will take a decade or more to unravel space operations, which are built into all the services. And at the end of the day, I don't think Congress is going to pay for it anyway."