Are We Ready For War?

With tempers moldering in the Middle East yet again….there is an important question that needs asking….are we truly ready for a protracted war?

I have written about this topic……

After the most recent airstrike by the US and the war of words between Iran and the US….the president has said we are ready for war…..

“The United States just spent Two Trillion Dollars on Military Equipment,” he tweeted on Jan. 5. “If Iran attacks an American Base, or any American, we will be sending some of that brand new beautiful equipment their way.”

Besides being wrong (the military has not spent that much), he repeated a mistake that military leaders have made for years: emphasizing weapons over the fitness of the men and women charged with firing them.

Over the past 18 months, ProPublica has dug into military accidents in recent years that, all told, call into question just how prepared the American military is to fight America’s battles.

If forced to fight in the Persian Gulf or the Korean Peninsula, the Navy and Marine Corps are likely to play crucial roles in holding strategic command of the sea and defending against ballistic missiles.

Further Reading:

Defense Strategy for a Post-Trump World

I Read, I Wrote, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

4 thoughts on “Are We Ready For War?

  1. Trump only tries to sell himself and refuses to be confused with facts. GOP Senate is proving today that it is not concerned with facts either. Long term for them is next election or next under the table payment. I first started to watch US mid-east policy in 1956 when I was 11 years-old and Suez was the issue. We have not improved our thinking since nor thought more than 6 months ahead since. So the answer is always and never 🥺

  2. The idea that weapons like drones and missiles fired from afar can win a war is flawed. To really defeat an enemy (especially one as populous as Iran) you have to be prepared to possibly invade that country. If the US did that, they would soon realise that 500,000 troops, many already deployed in other areas of conflict, is not going to be enough to take and hold such a large area.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Air power does not win wars….troops win the damn things……diplomacy is damn cheaper than war….too bad it is seldom attempted. chuq

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