Secretary Psaki “Circles Back” for all the Wrong Reasons

Jen Psaki Dismisses Space Force

Psaki Dismisses Space Force

Jen Psaki Dismisses Space ForceI’m not sure when the Press Secretary became a position used for mocking those who serve this country, but current Biden Press Secretary Jen Psaki seemed to find it appropriate as she scoffed when asked a question about Space Force at a February 2 press briefing. Josh Wingrove, a White House reporter for Bloomberg News, asked if the President planned on keeping Space Force or its scope, to which Psaki replied, “Wow. Space Force. It’s the plane of today. It is an interesting question. I am happy to check with our Space Force point of contact. I’m not sure who that is, I will find out and see if we have an update on that.”

While she may have been trying to make light of the question by comparing it to a question she was asked about Air Force One two weeks ago, she clearly did not expect nor have an answer for it. Her response indicated a lack of preparation on her part for the day’s press brief and has been perceived as mocking and disrespectful to the United States military, especially the newest branch, the Space Force. At least one publication has been attempting to spin the story into a non-issue, but maybe they, along with Psaki, need to investigate the reason Space Force was created.

The Necessity of Space Force

logo of Space Force - newest branch of the US MilitaryWhile the general population has been busy living life in the safety of the American homeland, relying on the mainstream media for their information, China and Russia have been looking to space to fight the wars of the future. America has been fed a steady diet of “Trump is bad” and “the Right is evil” for more than four years. This has allowed America’s enemies to make moves that the America public rarely cares to notice and is not often covered by mainstream sources.

In February 2019, CNBC ran a story with the headline China and Russia are militarizing space with ‘energy weapons’ and anti-satellite missiles: Pentagon. In the story, a U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) report is cited as saying both countries were developing threats from laser weapons to ground-based anti-satellite missiles. Cyberspace threats, direct energy weapons, and threats to orbital space systems were also noted in the report. Later, it read “Chinese and Russian military doctrines indicate they view space as important to modern warfare and counter space capabilities as a means to reduce U.S. and allied military effectiveness.” Forbes released a story highlighting China’s ability to “melt the US’s power grid with an electromagnetic pulse weapon” in June 2020. Part of China’s capability relies on satellites and space capabilities. Another story by the BBC in July, 2020 indicated that Russia had fired a satellite weapon into space. The battle for space is in full swing, whether those in the media or public office know it or care to acknowledge it or not.

Maybe those who think these questions about our national security are a joke need to be educated on the current threats to American sovereignty. Simply putting in a DuckDuckGo or Google search on the topic would help open their mind to the current state of the world today. While the Space Force may seem like a futuristic joke to many, the need is real. With America’s are enemies looking to space to get the upper hand militarily, our country needs to step up and do what is needed so the American homeland stays secure and free.

The new Press Secretary would do well to remember the words of advice Tom Jones had for Kayleigh McEnany early in her tenure as President Trump’s Press Secretary:

“She’s not going to outsmart the White House press corps. They’ve been doing this for a long time, and are very good at their jobs. If she believes she is going to get into a match of wits and that she can duck and dodge questions, she’s wrong. These reporters aren’t going away, their questions aren’t going away and her responses are recorded and remembered.”

Stuck in a Constant Loop

So far, Ms. Psaki is off to a rough start with lots of “circling back,” mocking an entire branch of the military, and needing to circle back again. Maybe she can find her feet with a bit more experience behind the podium and additional screening of questions before her press briefings. To her credit, she did respond to the flood of GOP politicians demanding she apologize. She commented with a tweet: “We look forward to the continuing work of Space Force and invite the members of the team to come visit us in the briefing room anytime to share an update on their important work.” It seems she could not face the press when embarrassed and instead sought to use Twitter to spread the message that the Space Force is not going anywhere and the branch does, in fact, have an important role.

The “Circle Back” on Space Force

Today, in the White House press briefing, Psaki was again asked about the Space Force. She shared the information in her tweet and answered a followed-up question about whether or not the President would support the branch or look to do away with or somehow diminish the force by stating that Space Force has the “full support of the Biden Administration”. In addition, she went on to claim “that the desire of the Department of Defense to focus greater attention and resources on the growing security challenges in space has long been a bipartisan issue.” Ms. Psaki did not offer an apology either in her tweet or at the press briefing. Instead, she changed her tone on Space Force and added that thousands of men and women proudly serve in the Space Force. In true Democrat fashion, she emphasized that the branch was established by Congress and any further action would have to be taken by Congress.

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