My post about the strength of their army brings up another point, “Can America really fight a great war?” The liberals have weaken the mindset of our youth and decimated the military. I serious doubt we can fight a Korean scale war especially with our current president at the helm.
Everything shifted to house-to-house fighting and drones. The number of Americans with backbone is sadly depleted. Heck, a small child making a gun shape with his/her hands gets suspended and force counseling. No one fights for their principles, what happens if this thing goes south.
That’s a big concern of mine. If we lost 5000 soldiers in a day, what would that do to the media? the politicians? the voters? the top military brass? Once upon a time we took that and moved on — we understood the cost of war. Today? I think we’d fall apart.
Don’t know if we can fight...but it’s hard to tell what kind of war we will be in. It’s hard to see a war of ground battles...but then we thought ground battles were over at the end of WW2 (LOL).
We haven’t really fought to win since the end of WWII. We accepted a tie in Korea, a loss in Vietnam, and the uncertain results in GW1, OIF and OEF, with the only exception being Grenada. Even that had some problems. I don’t think we’d know what to do if we did win, and we certainly aren’t going to carpet-bomb like we did in WWII, or do whatever is necessary to achieve a victory.
Can America really fight a great war?
I encourage you to review the last decade or so of history. The US is winding up two of the longest wars in it’s history. You’ll also find that Iraq had one of the largest militaries on the planet and were defeated in a “great war” like the one you posit we can no longer fight.
If you look further back in our history, you will find draft riots, incompetent presidents, incompetent generals, opposition to conflict, and plenty of depleted backbones - even during the Revolution. The only exception to this is WWII.
Sadly, I think Americans generally lack the depth of historical knowledge to understand or accept the fact that WWII is the EXCEPTION, not the rule for US wars throughout her history. Obama is a McClellan not an Eisenhower, so you can see the depths to which we are screwed. The American people have always lacked the “backbone” for total war (to use your word). Isolation has generally been our first reaction to conflicts. The difference has always been leadership and political will.