Maybe not. Probably not.
One President after another brags that America has the strongest military in the world – even those presidents unwilling to use it when necessary. Consequently, the “strongest military in the world” has not won a war since World War II – unless you count our incursions into Panama and Belize (In case you do not recall those brief battles, we ousted Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega and put down a Commie effort to topple the U.S.-friendly government in Belize).
The theory that the U.S. still has the strongest military on earth may no longer be true.
And that is significant in terms of overall world leadership. President Teddy Roosevelt put it simply – “speak softly and carry a big stick.” That “stick” is the military.
No nation can exert world economic, political or moral leadership without superior military capability. Successful diplomacy is predicated on the military option – as a credible threat or a reality.
During occasional dinners with President Reagan’s Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger some years ago, he would convey to me that America needed a “two war capability” to maintain world leadership and national security.
He said that if we were in a war in the Middle East – and only had the military resources to fight one war – every other adversarial nation – such as Russia, China, North Korea and even Cuba – would engage in international expansionism and aggression against the interests of the United States.
Weinberg feared back then that America was losing its two-war capability – hence the Reagan military build-up and arms race with Russia, our most dangerous adversary at the time. The strategy was successful – and the old Soviet Union was dismantled. For a period, the United States military was far superior to any other nation on earth.
Today, many military experts believe that we have ceded military dominance to China. They have a larger Navy and Air Force than the United States. While we have a number of warships in the Asian waters, China has more than enough ballistic capability to take them out of commission within minutes.
The folks at the Pentagon – who run various war scenarios through their computers – have made an alarming assessment.
In a full-scale war with China, we would likely lose. That’s right. The allegedly most powerful military on earth cannot be guaranteed to win a war against one enemy – much less more than one.
Military experts also contend that Iran has developed such a large modern military, that it would be too costly for the United States to engage in a real war with Tehran.
For several decades, the United States lacked the will to EFFECTIVELY engage our military. This resulted in long wars of attrition, but no victories. Today, we appear to lack more than the will – but the very resources. Every nation on earth – allies and adversaries – now know that America cannot even make a credible threat of military action to enforce our national policies.
The Chinese can and will continue to build man-made island military installations and claim hegemony over the South China Sea. They can crush the democracy movement in Hong Kong with impunity. Despite our longstanding defense treaty with Taiwan – both China and Taiwan know that the U.S. does not have the resolve or the ability to stop any China aggression.
Russia can extend its influence in the Middle East without fear of American reprisal. North Korea and Iran can pursue their nuclear ambitions – knowing that we will not be able to stop them. They ignore all agreements because they know we cannot enforce them.
As a nation, America can debate and bluster in the diplomatic venues. But we are no longer the nation with the biggest stick.
So, there ‘tis.
Trump could have and would have corrected this problem if he had received even a little co-operation from the democrats.
Let globalists stay on earth ,US patriots move 2 a new GLOBE. IE: MARS
The long held view of military superiority can no long be applied to world wide political stances. In a world of mutually assured destruction no nation with nuclear capabilities would be expected to capitulate on any issue on any continent. The days of conventional warfare are a thing of the past. Even nations without nukes have protective treaties with nations that do. The American public has no taste for war since Korea much less Vietnam. Every leader of a nuclear capable nation understands this. Only a psychotic leader would attempt an outright nuclear war. Today’s warfare is based on technology finance and mostly space. Control over the skies has always been more important than ground troops. Starting with world War one and defined during world War two. Britain showed the importance of a strong naval fleet against the nazis but none of that would have been possible without control of the skies above their island nation. The very reason for the massive amounts of satellites being deployed has everything to do with national security. In fact we are war at this moment though this war is being waged via technology Malware and Spyware. The only real concern with the current state of mutually assured destruction is idealogs and religious zealots. The very reason we cannot accept a nuclear Iran. Even north Korea is held accountable by China and to some degree Russia. Other than long term police actions conventional warfare is nothing more than brinksmanship. Evidenced by the blockade of Cuba during the Kennedy administration. We will never know what back room deals were used to bring us back from the brink. A strong military in stance is more than enough to deter any aggression from foreign nations. Only a madman would attempt a conventional attack as no country would ever capitulate with nuclear capabilities.
China has more cannon fodder than we do . So maybe
Larry is a very smart guy but he is wrong this time. China may have a marginaly larger navy but its capabilities are not equivalent. Agreed, we must build up and need to bring mfg. back to the United States. And it would help if we could jettison the insane democrats.
For 50 years we have been giving our country away for beads and bangles in the form of plastic wares from China and fancy cars from Korea – in 2008 China’s resurgence was funded but American economic relief packages and in 2020/21 China will once more be funded by American Covid relief payments buying Chinese goods – China doesn’t need to go to war against America – they have already won the economic war and Americans are quickly becoming the economic damaged as our politicians and misinformed citizens pursue the false dream of a socialist utopia where none need work and all will share in the bounty – Winston Churchill once stated words to the effect that a society based on disparity where some enjoy a good life and others strive is far better then a world where all are lowered to the common level of poverty and all suffer “ –
The concept of a world government and free trade without accountability I will destroy the west !