ricko wrote: Seth wrote:
RNcyanide wrote:In addition to that, guerrilla warfare is becoming the global standard.
Yet due to the lethargy of our centrally-planned military system and wasteful, entrenched contractors, we're about 10 years behind on having an efficient, effective force or strategy to counter our current threats.
We've come a long way since Vietnam in understanding the dynamics of modern warfare, but we still get stuck in these endless wars because of the warmongers in Congress and the money thrown at them by defense contractors. This will end only when the children of the wealthy political class are forced to fight them.
It's not a lack of understanding of modern warfare. Since WWII, the U.S. has been the defining state as to what modern warfare is. Unfortunately for us, we lacked the more logical foresight of knowing where the majority of geopolitical instability would be. We were geared up to to hold hands with the Soviets and commit suicide together, and never really understood how to fight the spread of communism in 3rd world countries.
You're absolutely right, though. We fought proxy wars across the globe against the the Soviets on the soil of impoverished nations, instead of facing eachother head on, and that comes down to having cowardly leadership.
It's easy to write condolence letters to the family of service members who have died in wars that could have been avoided, but much harder to receive those letters.
As was the case in Vietnam, a completely avoidable war, micromanaged by clueless academics in Washington, without ever really having a way to discern who the enemy was on the battlefield. It was simply a war which they measured its success by the number of bodies they collected, while ignoring their own who were killed in action.
Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. - Winston Churchill