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Anyone see a Pattern?
incomparable Marine Chesty Puller earned so many stripes
Originally posted by AlreadyGone
I can see how you may see a pattern here. And others may see a pattern in small wars every 10 years or so, with really big wars every 20 years or so.
And yes, wars are big to anyone involved...but I am talking logistically and with numbers...and even casualties.
The US, it seems, is perpetually mired down in a conflict somewhere. Even After WWI, we were involved in wars in the Banana Republics in the 1920s and 30s...the banana Wars... where the incomparable Marine Chesty Puller earned so many stripes. Then there was WWII...and then Korea...and then the Big one..Viet Nam...then the little ones in S America and the Middle east ..oh and the secret ones in Laos and Cambodia...then Granada and lebannon...then the Big one...Gulf War I...then little ones again..Panama...Columbia....Then Gulf War II...then ..here we are
Now Gulf War I seemed bigger than Gulf War II...I remember the almost total mobilization of all resources available for that War. Long convoys that went on for miles, calling up reservists from all over the US...even calling up old Sea Captains 70+ years old to ferry troops and armaments over to the Gulf in 1990-91.
Add 20 years...2010-11-12...20 years or so...time for a Big War...now yes, Iraq_Afghanistan are tragic... but the total casualty rate for both conflicts withers incomparison to one day's battle in Europe at the height of WWII... or for that matter...the American Civil War...6,000 casualties in 1863 was considered a skirmish...those battle fields aren't even preserved....how about 58,000 in one day...or 10,000 in a single charge....or Cold Harbour....7000 in 20 minutes.
The next Big War...looks like maybe China... this conflict between Viet Nam and China...we recently did training maneuvers with Viet Nam to simulate exactly what is happening now....Plus, all the cyber attacks against major US institutions..... The Chinese recently admitted had a cyber army...and the pulling out in a big way of China from US Treasuries and debt....Pakistan is siding with China...they are oppossed ti India...India is allied with the US...and having border disputes with China.
Getting scarier by the day.........