Impeachment vote unlikely Dec 25, 2019 21:18:03 GMT
Post by TheMark on Dec 25, 2019 21:18:03 GMT
Seems like I remember the Cold War being over, and the need for thousands of tanks sitting on a border being obsoleted by smart weapons.
Dec 22, 2019 18:58:10 GMT @shinytop said:And we do not have a big enough military to just wave a big stick at everybody.
Not counting the ones actually active and out to sea, The US has more Aircraft Carriers sitting in reserve, being refitted/refueled/restocked than Russia and China have on the books as commissioned, combined. (You can count their total number on one hand and still have a fingers left over)
Weird also how when some huge natural disaster strikes somewhere in the World, the US is always the one *expected* to respond by sending half a Fleet and scores of Troops for aid, when the other 2 "superpowers" sit on their hands.
All while constantly being defunded by Democrats in Congress that somehow still end up raising our taxes anyways.
Andy, I do not know if you are a vet or interacted with the military, so I will explain it like you have no idea.
We have troops and hips in forward bases for a variety or reasons, the biggest of which is pre-positioning and "tripwire." It's easier and quicker to get troops and equipment from Germany to Iraq than it is to get them from the US to Iraq. We keep troops at the DMZ in Korea not to stop the NK attack, but as a justification to counter attack because they killed American troops. NK knows exactly how many men we have at the border and will likely overrun them at a 10:1 ratio.
In a general war (NATO/Warsaw Pact-type) our carriers would last about two weeks. That's not my assessment, but Admiral Hyman Rickover, the father of the nuclear navy. Bring enough firepower to bear and they will sink. A single diesel-powered submarine can plant a torpedo under a carrier's hull and that's at least a "mission kill" (still floating but unable to conduct offensive operations).
I have always hated the "Meals on Wheels" missions, to countries whose populations are starving because the local dictator wants them to starve. And our government tries to curry favor with them for some reason or another. More often than not, those supplies end up on the warehouses of the dictator and his cronies than the people. A few years ago, an organization was delivering bags of rice to North Korean villages directly to feed the populace. Too bad after the aid workers left, officials from the government came and took that food.
For the last point, just remember, a Republican is a Democrat that was mugged.