Originally posted by SplitInfinity
I have noticed that there are a number of people on this Board who make the assumption that the United States is in some way Militarily Inferior to
other countries such as China or Russia. I have also noticed by a great number of posts that some seem to think that if in the unlikely event a WAR
broke out between the U.S. and IRAN that the U.S. Military would be hard pressed to defeat Iran.
Because we have not been able to decisively win a major armed conflict in the last 67 consecutive years. Our overwhelming technological advantage is
actually our greatest WEAKNESS because it allows us to back our enemies into corners from which there is NO ESCAPE. It's a surefire way to lose
EVERY SINGLE TIME. Why? Because when you are guaranteed defeat before you start...you really don't have anything to lose.
-The Spartans at Thermopylae knew they weren't coming home.
-The Japanese Kamikaze pilots were bolted into the cockpit before they launched.
-Sun-Tzu would deliberately send armies on "suicide missions" when outnumbered in order to win because he knew they would fight harder if they had
no other option.
-Boudica lost to the Romans when she trapped them in a box canyon.
-The penalty for desertion in the Roman army was to kill 1 out 10 men in the unit whether they ran off or not. The practice was called
See a pattern here? The REASON we have terrorist attacks is because we have made it IMPOSSIBLE to attack us with an army. The more we dictate terms
and give the Iranians a "choice" between two alternatives they don't want...the more we can be sure to see lots and lots of suicide bombers. Both
domestically and abroad.
Furthermore, the lesson of history is that the LEAST important thing in determining victory in a war is the size of your military or it's
technological advantage...even though these are the things that normally determine victory in a BATTLE.
Just like the US won every battle in Vietnam...but we lost the war. Hannibal could win battles...but couldn't win the war. Russia won all the
battles in Afghanistan just like we did...but we both lost the wars.
See how that works?