May 25, 2018 at 1:15 pm #69774
“Not-so-special” Russian forces?
May 28, 2018 at 3:44 am #69877
- This topic was modified 3 weeks, 2 days ago by Whirlibird.
Hah hah hah! I read that same story earlier this evening, and was smiling at what appears to be outright stupidity on the part of the Russian forces (unofficial as they are claimed to be – kind of like our folks in Laos during the Vietnam era, none of which we claimed as our own, but who – if they lived – suddenly regained their rank, pay, ID cards, etc., as soon as they were out of Laos). The Ruskies had tanks, overwhelming numbers, and totally failed to take into consideration the wide variety of U.S. forces and capabilities available to defend perhaps 40 Americans. As Peter Paul and Mary used to sing, “When will they ever learn, when will they ever learn?” But of course, with the overall meaning of that song, it could be applied to us as well, deployed almost literally everywhere, involved in almost everything, stretched thin, underfunded, overworked, undersupported, etc., etc., etc. Meanwhile we continue sustaining invasions from the south every day. When will we ever learn….
I did like Trumps recent tweet that we aim to build such a strong military that we will never have to use it – kind of a modern take on the old SAC motto: “Peace is Our Profession.” That was mocked and demeaned, but I never saw it as anything other than a highly rational way of doing business in this world.
"Ye hear of wars in far countries, and you say that there will soon be great wars in far countries, but ye know not the hearts of men in your own land."May 28, 2018 at 11:10 am #69892
Or like the AVF before we actually got involved in WW2 , we had a program in which any pilots , and ground crew could quietly ” resign” their post from the US military …………then enlist in the Chinese Air Force as ” mercenaries ” . Unfortunately for the developed world governments , the realities of attempting to use military force , in certain parts of the world , are doomed to failure from the start . Pretty much anywhere in the Middle East , Africa , or Asia . The only people who have been reasonably successful are people with a mind set of ” whatever it takes ” . In other words , there is nothing that is beneath you to achieve your goals . That leaves us out , and pretty much the rest of the developed world out as well . People who were reasonably successful over there ? The Romans , Genghis Khan and his Golden Horde . Why ? They had no problems with wiping out cities , and killing every man , woman , or child who opposed them . Unfortunately , that is the winning formula for some parts of the world , and if your not prepared to do that …………….you best stay out . As a side note , this may be of curiosity for some of you . The Roman Empire , was roughly the same size as the US .
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