Skip to comments.U.S. Says It Won't Make More Anti-Personnel Landmines
Posted on 06/27/2014 7:45:25 AM PDT by Citizen Zed
"The old argument is that the U.S. needs land mines to stave off the North Koreans," The Chicago Sun-Times writes about the U.S. reluctance to join the pact. "But in a world of fast deployment forces, that's not a convincing reason, and military experts have claimed that mines constrict defense more than help."
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Keep the command detonated ones. Get rid of the rest.
They are wrong.
The primary reason for mines is to shape the battlefield, to deny the enemy avenues of approach and access points.
Heck, we publish areas that are mined in order to accomplish this.
To say they restrict our own movements is insane.
I say that land mines may well have outworn their usefulness in traditional military expeditionary applications for the United States military.
One can see that in their transition from the Viet Nam era counter battery/mortar radar systems. Heretofore, they were always unidirectional (i.e., facing an opposition zone of say 90 degrees). Today’s Army has transitioned to 360 degree coverage - meaning there isn’t a defined and identifiable enemy. It is a defensive measure.
All this said and the implications thereof, I am wholly, irrefutably in favor mining the sh!t out of the US/MEXICO border to the max.
I didn’t realize we were still making them. Aren’t anti- Personnel land mines banned under the rules of the Geneva Convention?
But in a world of fast deployment forces,
You mean the ones dispatched to save the Benghazi Embassy?
Everyone’s an expert if you pay them enough money.
The landmines have a use. Very narrow but still a use.
Same thinking got guns removed from fighters before Vietnam. Same thinking said the Army didn’t need new tanks after WW2. It goes on & on...
There is a calculus to the battlefield. Land mines play a part in that calculus. If you subtract land mines from the arsenal, then you will have to increase the number of Soldiers to balance the equation. Which do we want? Which can we afford?
I think we need many millions of them laid in a wide band between us and Mexico.
Well if Obama continues on there won’t be enough troops to lay them anyway.
I believe it was Russian General Zhukov who ordered troops to run across German mine fields. His belief was the casualty rate would be no higher than if they were running across a battlefield with no mines.
set as a perimeter defense of a forward base, have been
used as a “defensive counter measure” since
We also have invented a new “Aerial spraying”
Rocket- to release mines -
This is “a Treaty” to weaken the U.S. military
capability- nothing more- ALL of our foes-
Are NOT signatories!
Read the fine print
White people aren’t persons
Old people aren’t persons
Preppers surely aren’t persons
Tea party isn’t persons
Darn, now we can expect another shortage at Wal*Mart!