Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) warned Americans this week that it was important to fund President Trump’s proposed “Space Force” in order to prevent space pirates.
“Since the ancient Greeks first put to sea, nations have recognized the necessity of naval forces and maintaining a superior capability to protect waterborne travel and commerce from bad actors,” Cruz, the chairman of the subcommittee on aviation and space, said at a hearing Tuesday.
“Pirates threaten the open seas, and the same is possible in space. In this same way, I believe we too must now recognize the necessity of a Space Force to defend the nation and to protect space commerce and civil space exploration,” Cruz said.
Ted Cruz argues that Space Force is necessary because… wait for it… space pirates. Leave it to Cruz to take a dumb Trump idea and make it sound even dumber. pic.twitter.com/xjjItA3EV3
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) May 15, 2019
The Trump administration has requested more than $2 billion to get Space Force off the ground, according to a report from the Congressional Budget Office.
The report found that a Space Force military branch would need 5,400 to 7,800 in new personnel for overhead and management, adding more than $1 billion to the Pentagon’s annual costs.
Cruz’s space pirate argument was widely mocked online.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk replied to the warning with a pirate flag emoji:
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 15, 2019
— Grey Area (@tardomatic) May 15, 2019
Now is probably a good time to start thinking a career as a space pirate
— Pranay Pathole (@PPathole) May 15, 2019
Arrr there better be rum on marrrrs
— Kelsi (@randomblamekd) May 15, 2019