Reagan's Star Wars was also treated as a joke as far as I recall. Both in politics and the wider media.I heard Marian McKeown? commenting from the U.S. today. I always consider her to be a typical liberal commentator but she also remembers her day job and is pretty good at reporting events as they happened rather than the way she wished they had happened - in other words, she's an old fashioned reporter. She made the point that when Reagan proposed Star Wars, it was taken seriously and pros and cons debated. Trump proposing a dedicated space defence force is treated as a joke, despite the proposal being no sillier.