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Washington Post illustration (12/3/19) promoting Trump’s Space Force

This week on CounterSpin: Announcing plans for a new branch of the US military in 2018, Vice President Mike Pence said: “It’s not enough to merely have an American presence in space, we must have American dominance in space. And so we will.” If that’s not worrisome enough, the first commander of the now-a-real-thing Space Force is Gen. John Raymond, who explains that

the Space Force’s measures of success will be that our adversaries are deterred, and that our joint and coalition partners always have the space capabilities that our modern way of war and our modern way of life depend on.

OK, but are media serving to check what sounds like a resource-burning, nightmare scenario of extraterrestrial warmaking, brought to you by the folks who want to bring back landmines? The Washington Post, for one, told readers that while some mock, Donald Trump “instinctively understands the magic of space, as both a political tool and a national motivator.” So, maybe not.

We’ll talk about the dangers of the weaponization of space, combined with a press corps that can’t get past giggling about it, with Karl Grossman. A longtime FAIR associate, Karl Grossman is a journalism professor at the State University of New York/College at Old Westbury, and author of, among other titles, Weapons in Space and The Wrong Stuff: The Space Program’s Nuclear Threat to Our Planet.

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Plus Janine Jackson takes a quick look back at recent coverage of impeachment and billionaires.

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Citations

[1]https://www.fair.org/audio/counterspin/CounterSpin200207.mp3[2] Trump’s Excellent Space Force Adventure - The Washington Post ➤ https://www.washingtonpost.com/magazine/2019/12/03/trumps-proposal-space-force-was-widely-mocked-could-it-be-stroke-stable-genius-that-makes-america-safe-again/?arc404=true[3] 'Majority of Mine Victims Are Children': EU Condemns Trump Rollback of Landmine Restrictions ➤ https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/02/04/majority-mine-victims-are-children-eu-condemns-trump-rollback-landmine-restrictions[4] Trump’s Excellent Space Force Adventure - The Washington Post ➤ https://www.washingtonpost.com/magazine/2019/12/03/trumps-proposal-space-force-was-widely-mocked-could-it-be-stroke-stable-genius-that-makes-america-safe-again/[5] Karl Grossman, Author at FAIR ➤ https://fair.org/author/karl-grossman/[6]https://www.fair.org/audio/counterspin/CounterSpin200207Grossman.mp3[7]https://www.fair.org/audio/counterspin/CounterSpin200207Banter.mp3