posted on Feb, 16 2005 @ 06:44 PM
Hi justinxc, don't hang around here too long. It tends to be addictive and ruins the eyesight spending hours at a time reading threads
In the opening post you wrote "Just how powerful is the U.S. military? Can we reallly defend ourselves against all the threats
Defence is one thing and yes, the US is most likely able to defend itself if under attack. However, overstretching resources in foreign engagements
is quite a different matter entirely, as is being shown in Iraq. All the advanced airpower is well and good but you still have to deploy ground
forces and that's where things tend to get bogged down. The more wars you engage in overseas, the less effective the military machine becomes as
troop rotations are lengthened and fatigue sets in. The supply lines become stretched and add to the already deteriorating conditions for the ground
Also, the troops might feel better about defending their own soil rather than being half a world away wondering what they are there for.
So, maybe it's not so much a case of people underestimating the US forces but more a case of the US government overestimating their capabilities in
running multiple concurrent conflicts.