To not take away from Jakomo's thread,
I've decided to create this thread to determine whether or not the United States is the most powerful nation in the world...
So then is anyone better than the US?
I'll go ahead in throw in my 50 cents from my blog about a month ago:
Why the US would own China in a war on any level of the playing field anyday
The U.S. would own the Chinese if it ever came to full-scale conventional war. While there may be a lot more Chinese than Americans, apparently none
of you who site this fact have any understanding of military logistics. For every soldier in the field, there are ten people at home in the fields
providing the food for that soldier, in the factories building the weapons that he fights with or fabricating the clothes that he wears, in the MASH
units ready to sew him up if he gets hurt, etc. As you can imagine, this tends to cause the added "attritional bonus" offered by China's superior
numbers to dwindle and evaporate quite quickly. Furthermore, the U.S., by virtue of it's superior farming and manufacturing ability, can actually
mobilize a much greater proportion of it's population than can the Chinese without impacting productivity in the slightest, so you might actually
find numerical superiority to be on the side of the Americans if it ever came to mass conscription...
Then you have to factor America's immense technology advantage. The Chinese field a small and antiquated air force composed primarily of older model
MiG's, which historically have been smashed to pieces when going up against American F-15, F/A-18, F-14, and F-16 aircraft, even when they have the
numerical advantage (which in this case is unlikely).
On the ground, the T-72 is completely inadequate to the task of stopping the M1A2 Abrams. With the chobham armoring on the Abrams, the only way to
penetrate is to get directly behind and fire a round right into the grille on their six. In all engagements to date, no tank force has ever been able
to disable an Abrams, and the only time they've been disabled at all was when facing ambushes from infantry wielding RPG's. Meanwhile the 120mm on
the M1 can kill a T-72 in a single shot. In one instance during the first Gulf War, a single shot had so much penetration power it actually went clean
through one Iraqi T-72 and then disabled another directly behind it.
As for infantry, the Kalashnikov is okay, but not especially accurate. It's often said that the only people who buy a Kalashnikov are those who
can't afford an M-16, standard issue for Americans.
Another reason is simple training and tactical superiority. Americans are far better trained on average than the regulars of any other nation, and
their tactics are better to boot. Should the Chinese ever wind up in combat with us, they would quickly find their C3 complexes gutted with precision
airstrikes, which is especially devastating when you consider how centrally-controlled Chinese military doctrine is. Without command, the Chinese
cannot function. In the meantime, every time a group manages to mass, they would quickly find themselves to unrelenting saturation bombardments. A few
daisy-cutters would either force them to scatter into units too small to form any cohesive defense, or be shredded.
To sum it all up for those who don't wanna read, We'd own China' @$$ in war!!!
*ooh, ohh it's the mad hotness, you just can't handle this*
Can anybody argue with this?