posted on Jun, 14 2012 @ 07:51 PM
Originally posted by CaptChaos
I'm going to have to go with Daas, here.
The almighty US military has not "won" a war since the Spanish American war. Unless you count the invasion of the tiny island of Grenada, or the
even tinier Panama. Of course, these were supposedly not "wars".
A full decade trying to conquer a country the size of NY state (Iraq) and whaddaya got? A whole lot a NUTHIN.
Afghanistan? Still going on. In fact, they held off the Russians for years, and now are still holding off the US. The two "biggest" militaries on
the planet. So by that standard, Afghanistan has the most powerful army in the world.
I guess you could count invading Libya. But supposedly that was NOT a war, and it was NATO, led by the Brits. Supposedly.
The US has been involved in some type of military action for almost every year of its entire 200 plus year existence. Not a real good track record,
when you get right down to it.
Best equipment, and most high tech, that's for sure. Unfortunately, most of the critical pieces are MADE IN CHINA.
"An army marches on its stomach" has always been the case. These days, supply lines for not only food, but fuel and other support are critical.
Manufacturing of all the death weapons. Since the US has basically ZERO manufacturing anymore, well, what does that tell you? The only manufacturing
in the US now is weapons. Super high tech stuff. All computer controlled, and bouncing all comms off satellites, running off computer chips. ALL
MADE IN CHINA.
Figure it out. The US is what you would call a paper tiger. Buncha mujahideen with AKs on horseback have held them off more than a decade. You
think those Chinese computer chips that control ALL THE SYSTEMS don't have backdoors built into them? You know, by the guys who built them, from the
country that has the highest average IQ in the world? DUH.
Crash the dollar, and take out the computer controlled drones, GPS aimed everything, and what do you have left? Not much. The US has fired an
average of 250 THOUSAND rounds for each "insurgent" killed in Iraq. Do the math.
Those 11 carrier battle groups? All "firepower": is now computer controlled and GPS aimed missiles. Quick EMP strike to take out the satellites
and electronics, and a freaking fishing trawler with some torpedoes could take out the whole group. Think about it. Couple of Sopwith Camels with a
few bombs could sink the whole group. Funny, huh? Not.
The US has a lot of manufacturing.
If the US weren't considered a serious threat on the other side of the planet then Russia would own Georgia and China would own Taiwan.
Our military isn't the largest. It is the most advanced. Can that be denied? We don't have first and second rate equipment. We have first rate only.
You won't find a division equipped with cutting edge Abrams tanks and another division outfitted with some rusty Patton tank from the 1960s.
I seem to remember us winning WWII. Sure Russia helped speed it up by throwing their unvalued conscripts in front of German fire by the millions. The
outcome was innevitable, though. Who beat the Japanese? Every war since then has been a limited conflict inwhich we chose not to wholly invest
ourselves....and we chose to play by nice guy rules. In Vietnam you didn't see us turning North Vietnams' capitol into rubble did you? Do you really
think we couldn't? Our soldiers won every battle they fought in Vietnam.
In Iraq we won the war in 14 days. Our mistake was staying and trying to nation build. In Iraq one it took us 72 hours on the ground to put American
armor to within sight of Baghdad before Saddam gave up. In Afghanistan it took a hundred American soldiers, a B52 bomber, and some indigenous rebels
on camels to topple the Taliban regime. Our mistake was staying and trying to turn that illiterate sh!&hole of the earth into a functioning
Who is the most powerful military if not the US? China? Nope, they can't even keep their Russian surplus mini carrier running. Russia? Nope, they
have about 60 warships that actually run and every one of them is over 22 years old. Pakistan? Nope, we can fly in there anytime we want. Iran? Get
real. If the time comes you'll see Iran whither under American firepower in a matter of a week or three. It'll be another one of those deals where
they'll actually put a squadron of planes up the first day only to have a pair of F15s wipe them out. After that they won't try to fly again.