[QUOTE=jdog;1067108608]You would not have the hair on your fat ass to call me a coward to my face, and that is a fact. I will fight for what I believe anytime anywhere.
The fact is that the American Military Establishment has been the aggressor in every war since WW2.
We ruthlessly invaded innocent N. Korea.... No, that isn't right.
Wait.... We invaded Kuwait for the Oil....
“All opinions are not equal. Some are a very great deal more robust, sophisticated and well supported in logic and argument than others.”
― Douglas Adams
President Franklin Roosevelt eulogized a fallen American Soldier by saying, “He stands in the unbroken line of patriots who have dared to die [that] freedom might live, and grow, and increase its blessings. Freedom lives, and through it he lives--in a way that humbles the undertakings of most men."
In terems of making a victory on the battle field translate into creating a state of affairs which is good, democratic, tradable with etc the USA does not have the capacity at all. Just like the rest of the Western world.
It is that ability which we need. Spending loads of money on fancy toys of death is not useful.
One weakness of the U.S. military that is relevant in a confrontation with North Korea is a shortage of strategic bombers. At the time of the Cuban Crisis in 1962, the U.S. had more than 1,200 of them. Today, partly because the role of bombers in delivering nuclear weapons was largely taken over by missiles, the force has been reduced to not much more than one-tenth that many. And yet our military would probably need to rely heavily on these bombers to destroy the thousands of artillery pieces and rocket launchers North Korea has dug into rocky hillsides within range of Seoul. The longer it took to do this job, the more horrific the slaughter these simple weapons would cause, both because of their sheer numbers and because some of the projectiles they launched into a city of ten million people could very well carry poison gas.
The U.S. military has the sophisticated reconnaissance equipment, bombers, and guided bombs of various weights needed to locate and destroy these artillery and rocket sites. But speed would mean everything, and it would probably take days of determined effort to deliver the thousands of bombs needed to take out all these weapons, even if each bomb hit right on target. And as long as they remained in action, they would continue to kill and wound both U.S. troops near the border and residents of Seoul. A great many people would die simply because, instead of having 150 bombers attacking the North Korean artillery and rocket sites, we had only one-fourth or one-fifth that many in action.
Last edited by matchlight; 04-21-17 at 04:28 AM.