Originally posted by WestPoint23
....some posters seem more interested in venting US anger, again.
[edit on 26-6-2007 by WestPoint23]
Let's clear the air a little.
I do not vent anger upon the US, but excuse me if I call a spade a spade.
My problem is with your attitude that everything in the USA is 'perfect' and 'invincible' from weapons systems to the legal and political
This when more than half your citizens are in disagreement with your President, and the administration is in conflict with the legislature - hardly
Such things as Guantanamo Bay and 'rendition' are contentious issues both in your own country and around the world.
OK, it's fine with me that you are proud of your country and your military, but be realistic.
Every weapons system is a compromise slanted towards a particular function and a particular scenario. That it is a compromise, means that the
scenarios throughout the life of the weapons system will change as potential opponents attempt to exploit the weaknesses of the compromise, rendering
that system less effective.
Indeed, any design team, upon introducing a new feature (such as stealth) would be insane if they didn't immediately also discover how to overcome
that advantage, because certainly potential opponents will be doing exactly that, while attempting to master the same technology. Thus eventually any
operational advantage of a system will be eroded and eventually rendered useless (for example high speed, high altitude bomber penetration was
rendered too risky by SAMs and the scenario changed to low level penetration).
The whole thing is cyclic, and will continue to be so (for instance, mastery of hypersonic speeds could change the penetration bomber scenario back to
fast and high again). If one could actually design a 'perfect' weapons system, it would be rendered less useful very quickly, partly because of its
specialization and partly because the opponent would, of necessity, change the scenario.
One of the basic principles of war is to NEVER underestimate your enemy. It is a sure way to get your ass shot off.
The Winged Wombat
[edit on 27/6/07 by The Winged Wombat]