RedEye9 wrote on Jul 7, 2020, 17:38:War is asymmetric these days, so comparing fighting "goat herders" in Afghanistan has no relevance to 2 first world nuclear powers dukeing it out in a conventional war. American bravado that we would simply "kick their asses" is asinine as the collateral damage in such a war would be unconscionable, even if we are the far greater power.Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Jul 7, 2020, 15:05:Thanks for using reliable sources to back up your factual claims.Darks wrote on Jul 7, 2020, 13:02:
I wish I shared your confidence. Bronze age goat-herders with AK-47s fought the US military to a stalemate over the course of 20 fruitless years in Afghanistan. The RAND Corporation rates naval surface warfare near mainland China as being a Chinese advantage, and naval surface warfare farther from mainland China as being US-China parity. "China" fairly routinely kicks our ass in US military simulations of a conventional military conflict between the two powers. Meanwhile, COVID has thoroughly overwhelmed the US federal government's capacity to deal with it, while other developed nations are largely returning to normalcy. Like the hapless Federation in Verhoeven's Starship Troopers, we're collectively getting our asses kicked on all the major problems facing our society, and no amount of "USA NUMBER 1!!!" jingoism will reverse our decline in the metrics where we used to be, but are no longer, the best.
The United States wouldn't know what hit them if they were ever in a war with China, I guess nobody around here remembers Korea or Vietnam.