The other thing I would worry about in such a conflict is the fact that a modern US carrier battle group has never really slugged it out with another major world land-based power. They're great for eviscerating soviet-era garbage flown by tinpot dictators in the third world, or supporting ground operations in such nations, but they've never really gone up against a modern air force. There's a lot of vulnerability when so much of your fighting power revolves around a single ship. Put a big enough hole in the right spot and you've destroyed 60-100+ aircraft, taken air superiority over the area, and now have a potential turkey shoot of the rest of the battlegroup. While they have their own defenses, they're big and slow. Modern missile technology has become pretty effective, and while we simulate naval warfare plenty nobody has really seen what happens when you fire 50+ missiles at an aircraft carrier. Big and slow probably means big and dead these days.
One of you will end up here next!
Unless China is willing to accept a certain degree of destruction. Hmm... That'd load the MAD equation to one side.
Last edited by Grand Mal; 07-07-14 at 10:04 PM. Reason: clarification
He who knows the least obeys the best.
If we want to see what a modern nuke will do to a big city, it's unlikely we'll find out via a conflict with China. It's much more likely that the Islamic crazies that are taking over Syria and parts of Iraq will get hold of one left behind by the breakup of the Soviet Union.
I, for one, would much rather just speculate on the aftermath.
Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?
Here is one from after:
What you should pick up on is how there are structures still standing and how those structures differ from the ones that are not. I don't imagine it will take long for you to notice the problem with presuming LA or Seattle would look like Hiroshima.
"For what is Evil but Good-tortured by its own hunger and thirst?"
- Khalil Gibran
In a war all plans go in the trash after the shooting starts.
How many of those Chinese transports would be sunk?
My guess is more than half of them.
Taiwan has a well trained, motivated military.
Last edited by shrubnose; 07-07-14 at 11:52 PM.
Here is another example:
Look at the buildings that survived... all seem to have the basic cubic structure. However, if Demon of Light has ever been to any West Coast city, I'm sure he'll know that the number of houses/buildings built of light materials (wood, steel, glass) outweighs the number of houses built out of concrete. I would venture to guess that most of the houses built out of concrete in LA lay in the outskirts of the city. IMO half the houses within 10 mins of DT LA would be destroyed. Besides, if you take a look at the buildings, they look pretty burnt in the inside, so yeah, Seattle and LA wouldn't survive.
Last edited by Hatuey; 07-08-14 at 12:21 AM.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK