reply to post by Masterjaden
Really, you want to stand by your LAUGHABLE, SIMPLISTIC, AND UNREALISTIC rant?
I have seen this rant before and its tragic results.
We has such great intellegence on the japanese, and gemany didn't we?
How about how more advanced our weapons were as opposed to those two foes?
Or what about how strong our defenses were at pearl harbor, guam, or wake island?
Why don't you ask poland, france, or england how inferior the german war machine was in the begining?
Or how german submarines sank ships off our own coasts with impunity?
Or how the japanese navy and air forces were initally doing rings around us?
We were lucky we had distance and manufactering capablities to rely on to catch up?
Or how fast the russians got the a-bomb?
Or lets go to the korean war.
How the north koreans staged a stunning attack and nearly drove the US forces to the sea?
Remember the suprise our fighter pilots got with the mig jet fighters we "KNEW" the russians could not create for a decade or more?
Or the suprise we got when all those chinese solders came over the yellow river and almost decimated our forces?
How many times did the former soviet union during the cold war sprang some new system, ship or weapon on us we were told by our "intellegence"
community could not exist/did not have?
Does sptutnik ring a bell?
Now on today.
We already know the chineese have shown a unexpected, effective, and demonstrated cyberwarfare capability that our own military was forced to admit it
was having trouble dealing with?
Look I don't claim to think there is information, weapons, and capablilties we have that are not published.
But it is IRRESPONCIBLE and Unealistic to believe that sword does not cut both ways.
Now I don't think the scales are all for one side or the other.
But we have a very clear history of the thinking you posted with the disasters that have happened.
The things that make this more of a concern over the examples of say WWII.
1. The weapons available today (nuclear, boilogical, chemical, conventional, and tech distroying) are more portable, harder to detect, easier to
aquire, and more distructive than in the past.
2. We are more interdependent on technology and on a personal level less independent.
Common someone cant get to the grocery store in three days, cant get to an atm, heck even loose access to the internet will lose it.
3. Our manufacturing capablility is GONE.
4. Distance is no longer a protector.
In short we are more vulnerable than in years past (on many levels) that a "pearl harbor" attack could cripple us severely.
Our military is no longer able to fight a two front war much less have the supples even to maintain a full fledge one front war for very long.
Heck the loss of even one carrier would hurt us very badly.
I know this seems like gloom and doom/
All I am saying is your attitude has been tried before with disasterous results.
But this time if we repeat history we may not be able to recover as we did before for victory.
We need more than ever to be vigulant, prepare, learn from our mistakes, and most of all get some humility.