a reply to: Zaphod58
True on your points and of course, you're familiar with them as a deeper level than I ever have been. Especially on the particulars of air power.
What I think I see and what honestly, scares the hell out of me is the attitude taken these days. It's primarily in the West and particularly in the
United States. The thinking seems to go that if another nation cannot meet us on the field of battle as we choose or as we force it, and defeat us on
the terms we've funneled things down to, they are either irrelevant for serious concern or deserve caution but respect...? Meh.. not so much.
What I see when I look around the world is a state of affairs where we've effectively taken off the idiots and fools (low hanging fruit) who would let
us build a 500,000 man invasion force within miles of their border and not respond (like Saddam). Likewise, for another example, people who would
think by their isolation and history, we won't go or won't do something we very much WILL...simply because it hasn't happened before. (Afghanistan for
that...). Among the remaining World nations we'd care about, we've removed most if not all of what will likely ever be easy.
Now we have the nations like Russia, Iran and China who have patiently and very carefully
studied every move we've made back to 1989 at least,
like a chess player or football team becoming experts on every historic move of an opponent. We don't see Army, Navy and Air Forces built to match us.
2 world wars shows that ignorant to attempt. We have nations that have specialized to attack..not what we stand strong with...but the Achilles tendons
each aspect of our strength depends on and requires.
I'm afraid when we go to war with Russia or China (and it looks like IF..even if it takes years to get there..but if, not so much when) we won't lose
tanks and planes by dog fights and land battles....but getting lost when GPS and chips running inertial nav systems just go tits up for no apparent
reason. Guidance systems we have to now look down on others for NOT having...simply don't go to the right spots for technical malfunction or sabotage.
We have a VERY powerful system to make war ...but it's a system predicated on everything working properly. Whereas, the Russian and Chinese versions
are PLANNING for everything which can go wrong, to go catastrophically wrong...and still be able to hold what they have, if not return the fight.
Therein lay the difference I referred to at the start. The other nations know what seeing their own beloved homeland ravaged by war looks
and...recently enough..feels like. We have no concept, with myself included, to even think in terms of defeat being a true possibility. That.....may
be what causes it to happen.
edit on 7-5-2014 by Wrabbit2000 because: (no reason given)