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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Global superpower no more

The USA is no longer capable of imposing its will on a global basis due to the relative erosion of US military power vis-a-vis the regional powers of China and Russia.
The United States has lost its military edge to a dangerous degree and could potentially lose a war against China or Russia, according to a report released Wednesday by a bipartisan commission that Congress created to evaluate the Trump administration's defense strategy.

The National Defense Strategy Commission, comprised of former top Republican and Democratic officials selected by Congress, evaluated the Trump administration's 2018 National Defense Strategy, which ordered a vast reshaping of the U.S. military to compete with Beijing and Moscow in an era of renewed great-power competition.

While endorsing the strategy's aims, the commission warned that Washington isn't moving fast enough or investing sufficiently to put the vision into practice, risking a further erosion of American military dominance that could become a national security emergency.

At the same time, according to the commission, China and Russia are seeking dominance in their regions and the ability to project military power globally, as their authoritarian governments pursue defense buildups aimed squarely at the United States.

"There is a strong fear of complacency, that people have become so used to the United States achieving what it wants in the world, to include militarily, that it isn't heeding the warning signs," said Kathleen Hicks, a former top Pentagon official during the Obama administration and one of the commissioners. "It's the flashing red that we are trying to relay."

The picture of the national security landscape that the 12-person commission sketched is a bleak one, in which an American military that has enjoyed undisputed dominance for decades is failing to receive the resources, innovation and prioritization its leaders need to outmuscle China and Russia in a race for military might reminiscent of the Cold War.

The military balance has shifted adversely for the United States in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, undermining the confidence of American allies and increasing the likelihood of military conflict, the commission found, after reviewing classified documents, receiving Pentagon briefings and interviewing top defense officials.

"The U.S. military could suffer unacceptably high casualties and loss of major capital assets in its next conflict. It might struggle to win, or perhaps lose, a war against China or Russia," the report said. "The United States is particularly at risk of being overwhelmed should its military be forced to fight on two or more fronts simultaneously."
Those who confidently proclaim the superiority of the US military power simply don't recognize that the USA no longer possesses ANY of the five advantages that allowed it to become a global superpower after World War II.

  1. Monopoly on nuclear weapons
  2. Limited geographic accessibility by enemies
  3. Dominant industrial infrastructure
  4. High-average-IQ European population
  5. High-trust, high-moral Christian society

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137 Comments:

Blogger dienw November 14, 2018 11:05 AM  

True.

Blogger dienw November 14, 2018 11:07 AM  

6. The US now has several unacknowledged <armed fifth columns.

Blogger Patrick Kelly November 14, 2018 11:10 AM  

Maybe if we all wave lil' flags, put our hand over our heart, and sing "Proud to be Merkin'" loud enough our enemies will tremble in fear and surrender.

Blogger Daniel November 14, 2018 11:18 AM  

1. was unsustainable, but we accelerated the decline
2. has eroded via military tech...but would still be formidable if America had simply defended its borders
3. committed suicide. There's no good reason for this.
4. Is the same as 2. Diversity + Proximity = War
5. Patient Zero.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother November 14, 2018 11:18 AM  

I do that every morning. I also recommend we airdrop Trumpy Bear over our enemies, to increase their gibbering terror.

Blogger Balkan Yankee November 14, 2018 11:19 AM  

Take notes people. That's how national security elites hit the panic button.

Blogger oceanview.engineer November 14, 2018 11:21 AM  

I so badly want to post a picture of those four congresswomen. Ilhanmn, Ayanna Presley, Rashid Atlaib and, everyone's sweatheart commie, Ocasio.

What a frikking disaster.

Blogger Dylan J. Thompson November 14, 2018 11:27 AM  

It is true we have lost these 5 things, and the loss of 4 and 5 are disastrous. In addition, many Americans see no point in being the global superpower. Everybody blames everything on us, our men die, and there are no tangible benefits... As long as China/Russia largely stick to their side of the world, how many people would support fighting a war simply to maintain superpower status? Let them deal with their own neighborhoods as they see fit... Let them worry about oil flows through the Strait of Hormuz etc. We don't any longer have the military to fight two wars on the other side of the world, but we have plenty to defend the homeland... For some reason, the politicians only want to do the former, and never seem interested in the latter.

Blogger KPKinSunnyPhiladelpia November 14, 2018 11:27 AM  

Did you see the GE's comments after reporter asked him about Michelle Obama's comments that she will "never forgive" Trump for making her and her family not feeling "safe?" (Note, Michelle may border on the tranny, but "her" sensibility is very feminine).

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2018/11/09/trump_to_michelle_obama_ill_never_forgive_obama_for_what_he_did_to_the_military.html


REPORTER: What do you say to Michelle Obama who says she will never forgive you for your birther comments in the past?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Oh, Michelle Obama said that? I haven't seen it. I guess she wrote a book. She got paid a lot of money to write a book. And they always insist that you come up with controversial.

Well, I'll give you a little controversy back: I'll never forgive him for what he did to our United States military by not funding it properly. It was depleted. Everything was old and tired. And I came in, and I had to fix it. And I'm in the process of spending tremendous amounts of money. So I'll never forgive him for what he did to our military. I'll never forgive him for what he did in many other ways, which I'll talk to you about in the future.

But what he did -- because she talked about safety -- what he did to our military made this country very unsafe for you and you and you.

Blogger pyrrhus November 14, 2018 11:31 AM  

"The United States has lost its military edge to a dangerous degree and could potentially lose a war against China or Russia,"

Understatement of the year..The US is well equipped to fight the Vietnam War in the age of hypersonic missiles and autonomous torpedoes. And then there's the feminized Navy that keeps crashing into things.

Blogger pyrrhus November 14, 2018 11:32 AM  

The US military belongs in North America, and specifically on the border and in the polling places, if the US wants to survive.

Blogger pyrrhus November 14, 2018 11:35 AM  

O/T Democrat game plan already underway, get your 80% receivers while ye may... http://www.captainsjournal.com/2018/11/13/democrats-introduce-bill-banning-80-lower-receivers/

Blogger Nate73 November 14, 2018 11:39 AM  

Well if the US is going to commit cultural suicide, then maybe the increasingly religious russians or the unflinchingly "racist" chinese should take over.

Blogger Brick Hardslab November 14, 2018 11:42 AM  

How much is this rattling the tin cup? I don't think they really believe we will lose in a way that seriously threatens the elite, so what do they care?

Blogger Lance E November 14, 2018 11:44 AM  

But but but the report says we just need more money! Right? So let's just take on another couple of trillion in debt and then recruit another batch of women and transsexuals into the military. Problem solved!

Blogger Nate November 14, 2018 11:44 AM  

the US couldn't lose an offensive war against either china or Russia. But china and Russia together would lose an offensive war against the US. This is a downward step from where we were 20 years ago. but its not an end point. Trump and Mattis could fix this.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother November 14, 2018 11:47 AM  

If professionals talk logistics, that's exactly what they, along with the trade negotiator team, have been doing.

Blogger Crew November 14, 2018 11:48 AM  

However, given the result of the mid terms and Trump's desire for a second term, I think that the probability of some kind of war in 2020 has increased.

Perhaps in Syria, perhaps Venezuela ...

Blogger Nate November 14, 2018 11:52 AM  

"the US couldn't lose an offensive war against either china or Russia."

dammit... I meant COULD lose an offensive war. in fact it WOULD lose an offensive war with either.

Blogger Jonathan November 14, 2018 11:55 AM  

Another issue the US faces is that the vast majority of its military aged population becomes winded climbing a flight of stairs.

Anonymous Anonymous November 14, 2018 11:56 AM  

How is this a shocking report? The U.S. hasn't won a war since the DoD was created. (Lost: Korea, Vietnam, Gulf [yes indeedy, when you have to remain in force for a decade to patrol a "truce" the other side isn't respecting AND re-invade, you lost], Afghanistan and Iraq.

Blogger Unknown November 14, 2018 11:57 AM  

VD's analysis of this is spot on.

And who will want to defend globohomo with their blood? Not the common people, and not the ersatz-elites either. The latter group will pack it up and move to China or wherever long before then. They are already doing this.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine November 14, 2018 12:01 PM  

Thanks for the clarification, Nate.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine November 14, 2018 12:04 PM  

"Another issue the US faces is that the vast majority of its military aged population becomes winded climbing a flight of stairs."

Soytoys. Still, that's correctable surprisingly rapidly where there's a will.

Blogger Unknownsailor November 14, 2018 12:11 PM  

Loss of points 1-4 followed as a result of the loss of point 5. The destruction of Point 5 was not accidental, but was intentionally brought about by cultural subversion via KGB influence operatives and fellow travelers within the West.

Restore point 5 and points 1-4 follow behind.

Blogger Dirk Manly November 14, 2018 12:13 PM  

@8

"For some reason, the politicians only want to [engage in overseas adventures], and never seem interested in [defending the borders]."

I think the Spanish-American War brought about the discovery by politicians of international politico-military adventurism without any headstones in American graveyards.

By the time bodies were sent home (Korea), the habit had already turned to an addiction.

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer November 14, 2018 12:17 PM  

No problem, we'll integrate women into the combat arms.

Blogger Crew November 14, 2018 12:20 PM  

No problem, we'll integrate women into the combat arms.

And give them all unicorns to help with their problems in the military.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash November 14, 2018 12:20 PM  

Dylan J. Thompson wrote:Everybody blames everything on us, our men die, and there are no tangible benefits.
Hey, the Banksters are making out like bandits, and setting up their retirement homes in Paraguay and Singapore. They're doing alright.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan November 14, 2018 12:20 PM  

Failed state more like it, Banana Empire.

Blogger Gregory the Tall November 14, 2018 12:21 PM  

oceanview.engineer wrote:I so badly want to post a picture of those four congresswomen. Ilhanmn, Ayanna Presley, Rashid Atlaib and, everyone's sweatheart commie, Ocasio.

What a frikking disaster.


Whilst you are considering that please enjoy this photo of the German, the Dutch, the Norwegian and the Swedish defence ministers:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/02/female-defence-ministers-tweet-photograph

Blogger Dirk Manly November 14, 2018 12:23 PM  

@13

"Well if the US is going to commit cultural suicide, then maybe the increasingly religious russians or the unflinchingly "racist" chinese should take over."

Bringing in the Chinese to remove the blacks and Mexicans and Moslems just means that then we have to remove a smarter, and more unified variety of invasive species.


You still haven't learned that you should have picked your own damned cotton instead of buying slave.

Hell, you still haven't learned from Kudzu, either.

Blogger VD November 14, 2018 12:24 PM  

I meant COULD lose an offensive war. in fact it WOULD lose an offensive war with either.

That's more like it. I was wondering what was wrong with you.

Blogger Starboard November 14, 2018 12:24 PM  

22. Up From the Pond, "And who will want to defend globohomo with their blood?"

We fell for the patriotic misdirect in the eighties and nineties, and even the aughts, but the never ending conflict has to end. We are spending blood overseas while leaving the southern border porous. Bringing the troops home and redeploying to the border would be cheaper than policing the world. Time to stop paying for NATO security, and it's time to stop the remarkably destructive nation building in the middle east.

Blogger James Dixon November 14, 2018 12:26 PM  

A blue ribbon panel takes months to reach a conclusion that's been obvious to our host and the readers of this blog for a couple of years now? Say it ain't so.

> In addition, many Americans see no point in being the global superpower.

I would argue most.

Blogger Dirk Manly November 14, 2018 12:27 PM  

@18

"However, given the result of the mid terms and Trump's desire for a second term, I think that the probability of some kind of war in 2020 has increased.

Perhaps in Syria, perhaps Venezuela ... "

Trump's not dumb enough to get involved in another Mideast war, especially not in a territory that the Russians value highly for its warm water port.

Venezuela on the other hand ....could be. And the Venezuelans would probably welcome and assist anybody who comes in to kick out that bunch of Marxist thieves down in Caracas.

Blogger cecilhenry November 14, 2018 12:30 PM  

Here's that fifth column that is nothing to do with America:


Example #2346

Ilhan Omar, a Somali-born woman who won in Minnesota's fifth congressional district.

Ms Omar hates America, hates Jews, and seems to have married her brother in pursuit of immigration fraud.

She'll now be sitting in Congress.


Your ancestors fought and bled with Washington and Jackson for this moment, where power over our country was turned over to female foreigners who oppose our holy religion and way of life.

Never forget that.

Blogger Starboard November 14, 2018 12:30 PM  

Crew and Ron,
Draft our Daughters
https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/draftourdaughters

Blogger James Dixon November 14, 2018 12:30 PM  

> Time to stop paying for NATO security,

Amazing coincidence there: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-politics-merkel/germanys-merkel-calls-for-a-european-union-military-idUSKCN1NI1UQ

Blogger Azure Amaranthine November 14, 2018 12:31 PM  

"Restore point 5 and points 1-4 follow behind."

Yeah, but the way we lost points two and four means point five won't be returning anytime in the foreseeable future. Between the solutions of exile-the-enemies or retreat-to-regroup, we wouldn't have the will for the necessary scale of exile-the-enemies even if we were much spiritually and psychologically healthier. Hence, the only way five is coming back for anyone at all is if we redraw much smaller borders to exclude people who cannot fit five.

Blogger Dirk Manly November 14, 2018 12:34 PM  

@24

"Soytoys. Still, that's correctable surprisingly rapidly where there's a will."

You will stay here in Fat Body Company doing 1-hour sessions of calesthenics 3x a day, and eating in the Weight-Loss mess hall until you can do 10 proper push-ups in proper form, 20 sit-ups, and run a mile without falling over is a pretty strong motivator. The drill sergeants don't even have to get in their face about everything. All they have to do is just dangle the carrot in front of them -- "all this ends the day you get yourself fit enough to get out of my barracks"

Blogger Unknown November 14, 2018 12:35 PM  

A.) Trump can't fix an untied shoelace. Everything he has done was for show and the only leaders he doesn't try to bully are Putin and Jung. Right now, I'm more afraid of Europe taking enough of our crap and bringing us to task than a military attack by Russia (Besides, Putin has his puppet in place.)
B.) If you're going to quote a site as a news source, I don't think I'd use an individual's blogsite instead of a trusted news source.
C.) "Trannies" do not bear children; get over your Infowars fixation and join reality, you may learn something.
D.) "Sweatheart commie???" Your spelling and lack of political understanding are amazing.

Blogger Dirk Manly November 14, 2018 12:36 PM  

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Blogger Dirk Manly November 14, 2018 12:37 PM  

@28

>> No problem, we'll integrate women into the combat arms.

> And give them all unicorns to help with their problems in the military.

You want poor, defenseless animals getting put up on charges and facing courts-martial for rape?

Blogger Gregory the Tall November 14, 2018 12:39 PM  

I doubt soytoys would even handle joysticks and drones well...

Blogger Starboard November 14, 2018 12:41 PM  

39. James Dixon, amazing coincidence. I wonder if their new Europeans will serve?

Blogger Brian Dean November 14, 2018 12:45 PM  

The US no longer being dominant is a good thing. It's been a bully for far too long.

Blogger Dirk Manly November 14, 2018 12:46 PM  

If the Europeans are smart, each country will form an [Nation-goes-here] Foreign Legion like the French have.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine November 14, 2018 12:49 PM  

"Hell, you still haven't learned from Kudzu, either."

Tastes like lambsquarters. Unfortunately, it eats a lot faster than I do.

Blogger Steb November 14, 2018 12:50 PM  

From the report: 'despite a $716 billion American defense budget this year, which is four times the size of China's and more than 10 times that of Russia, the effort to reshape the U.S. defense establishment to counter current threats is under-resourced.'

They could double the budget and it would still be under-resourced, because the people spending the money don't wane to modernise.

I'm listening to Lind On War at the moment. Really recommend it for anyone whose interested in this story.

Blogger ZhukovG November 14, 2018 12:51 PM  

To 'Make America Great Again', we must stop trying to be 'Super'.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine November 14, 2018 12:55 PM  

"You want poor, defenseless animals getting put up on charges and facing courts-martial for rape?"

I mean, we all know that they aren't REALLY there to protect virgins. They're there to be eaten by loose women with pretensions, after being run down and cloven of their dangerous, toxically masculine horns by ugly women with pretensions.

Blogger dienw November 14, 2018 12:59 PM  

#7. China controls the Isthmus: Our navy can view Antarctic ice as it passes below the tip of South America; China controls at least one deep water port in the Caribbean (Bermuda); it also controls the main port of California which is itself a hostile state under the control of South American invaders; China has a gateway via Vancouver.

Blogger S1AL November 14, 2018 1:02 PM  

Wouldn't absolute air superiority (in the sense that our Air Force was virtually untouchable after Korea) be a deciding factor? More than anything, that's what allowed the military to do as it pleased. Even in Vietnam, it was primarily hamstrung by a hostile press and jungle cover.

Blogger Doktor Jeep November 14, 2018 1:03 PM  

But hey we're great when it comes to stuffing meat into blacks and making them so obese we spend billions on keeping them alive. Amiright?

As one who might be a target of this failing military- and I am an American living in America, let's make that clear - I really don't care. Oh, we won't be so effective when the wipe the world's ass and go to war for globalists? Big deal. Here's a solution: Let's not.

Blogger RandyB November 14, 2018 1:06 PM  

True. Whether self-willed, or externally imposed will.

Blogger Iron Spartan November 14, 2018 1:06 PM  

If the US gets into a conflict with a major power, the loss of a carrier is guaranteed. The only question is how many of the escorts survive.

The Admiralty has been warned about this for a generation, but refuses to address it. Everytime its brought up in a wargame, the response is to stick their fingers in their ears and go la-la-la-la. They have said that losing more men in a single attack than have been lost in the entirety of the GWoT is preferable to combating progressive social experiments. Then again, you can't be a flag officer without drinking the progressive kool-aide in the last generation.

The shock of losing a carrier, or a wing, or a battalion, just MIGHT be enough to wake people up. But even then, I am not sure it will be enough. After all, SJW's always double down.

Blogger Doktor Jeep November 14, 2018 1:07 PM  

On a side note, back in 2004 I asked William Lind if the way the US media and academia combination of demonization and brainwashing would constitute a 5th generation of warfare. He wrote this article after that.
https://www.lewrockwell.com/2004/02/william-s-lind/fifth-generation-warfare/
Was he right? Well yes it's his framework. But I still wonder at times of mass brainwashing, "bird-dogging", and censorship by other-than-Government entities colluding as if they were a government is going to open up new avenues or at least expand our definition of of 4GW.
Meanwhile, it appears that Bitchute has been attacked - by PayPal.

Blogger Silly but True November 14, 2018 1:07 PM  

Americans Too Fat to Fight
https://m.medicalxpress.com/news/2018-10-fat-pentagon-grapples-obesity-epidemic.html

Blogger Azure Amaranthine November 14, 2018 1:07 PM  

"Wouldn't absolute air superiority (in the sense that our Air Force was virtually untouchable after Korea) be a deciding factor?"

Air depends on either friendly local launching points or carriers. Carriers depend on not being assassinated by specialized torpedoes or missile swarms.

Blogger John November 14, 2018 1:13 PM  

At least we still have the Constitution.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine November 14, 2018 1:14 PM  

"But I still wonder at times of mass brainwashing, "bird-dogging", and censorship by other-than-Government entities colluding as if they were a government is going to open up new avenues or at least expand our definition of of 4GW."

Information age, information warfare.

Usually people assume that means spies, but really spies and encrypted communications are the passive part of that equation. The active part is propaganda, media manipulation, and Pavlovving/Stockholm/programming/conformation.

Blogger Stilicho November 14, 2018 1:15 PM  

The first two were of limited duration post WWII. The last three we had for most of the cold war(with a decline in all along the way). We are lucky that socialism is such a horrible economic system or we would have lost the cold war. The failure of the USSR and Chinese backwardness saved us even as we were failing to maintain the foundations of our country.

Blogger Gen. Kong November 14, 2018 1:15 PM  

One of our generals recently admitted the Banana Empire's invincible multiculti-tranny legion cannot win in Pashtoonistan against the resident goat-men after being there for 17 years running. How on earth could anyone but a complete moron think they could defeat the Chinese or the Russians in a real fight? Why would anyone with even an occasional, haphazard cortex think getting into a war with either Russia or China is a reasonable notion to begin with? Bring the capable soldiers home to guard the border. Dismiss the welfare recipients and fifth-column invaders wearing uniforms.

39. James Dixon, amazing coincidence. I wonder if their new Europeans will serve?

Gladly. Macron and Merkel's new dindu-musloid legions will be more than happy to slaughter and rape the natives when ordered - especially reluctant members like Poland and Hungary. Having a shiny EUSSR uniform will give them full legal authority to carry out the mission for which they were imported to begin with. Macron just tossed down the gauntlet and declared that nationalism is treason. Yet another reason Trump should disband NATO. It would free Orban and others to make defense arrangements with like-minded leaders elsewhere.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother November 14, 2018 1:16 PM  

Constitution travels through subspace fold envelopes to suddenly appear and strike our enemies with nuclear fusion generation power.

Blogger cheddarman November 14, 2018 1:18 PM  

Who will defend Israel?

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother November 14, 2018 1:20 PM  

Hanukkah Harry

Blogger Avalanche November 14, 2018 1:24 PM  

@52 "run down and cloven of their dangerous, toxically masculine horns by ugly women with pretensions."

OH! The humanit ... er ... unicornity!!

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer November 14, 2018 1:25 PM  

The shock of losing a carrier, or a wing, or a battalion, just MIGHT be enough to wake people up. But even then, I am not sure it will be enough. After all, SJW's always double down.

I saw a young guy ranting because somebody in the National Guard had told him that women weren't very good soldiers and the men in the unit had to take up the slack. This was unacceptable hate speak that obviously could not be true. And his opinion was just as good as the guy in the National Guard even though he hadn't been in the military because the National Guard guy was only a part-time soldier. It was an amazing thing to see. A true testament to the power of propaganda.

Blogger Meanoldbasterd November 14, 2018 1:25 PM  

Called it.... https://voxday.blogspot.com/2016/08/an-nco-leaves-us-army.html?m=1

Blogger Azure Amaranthine November 14, 2018 1:25 PM  

"One of our generals recently admitted the Banana Empire's invincible multiculti-tranny legion cannot win in Pashtoonistan against the resident goat-men after being there for 17 years running. How on earth could anyone but a complete moron think they could defeat the Chinese or the Russians in a real fight?"

Ehh, IMO that's more of an artifact of some combination of the general population not having the stomach for the things necessary to actually win, and the empire-builders/banksters/globohomos having an entirely different definition of winning. The whole point is to create a shitshow/power vacuum/chaos-to-be-ordered-as-desired in their minds, not this quaint notion of "winning" that obsesses the landlocked plebeians whom happen to live in the country.

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer November 14, 2018 1:32 PM  

The guy was really upset that anyone would or even could think such a thing. He perceived it as threat towards his world view.

Blogger Dirk Manly November 14, 2018 1:38 PM  

@52

>> You want poor, defenseless animals getting put up on charges and facing courts-martial for rape?

> I mean, we all know that they aren't REALLY there to protect virgins. They're there to be eaten by loose women with pretensions, after being run down and cloven of their dangerous, toxically masculine horns by ugly women with pretensions.

The ugly women are the ones who will be accusing the frightened, perfume-farting unicorns of being rapists.

Blogger Dirk Manly November 14, 2018 1:47 PM  

@57

"
The shock of losing a carrier, or a wing, or a battalion, just MIGHT be enough to wake people up. But even then, I am not sure it will be enough. After all, SJW's always double down."

There are two types of officers:

Those who make rank based on having good paperwork. They rise to the top when that service is not fighting a war.

Then there are the officers who make rank based on performing the excelling at what their service arm is supposed to do. The rise to the top during wartime, while even their superiors from the first group are given desk jobs, twice-passed-over for promotion, or otherwise encouraged to GTFO.

Blogger Dirk Manly November 14, 2018 1:52 PM  

@65

"

"Constitution travels through subspace fold envelopes to suddenly appear and strike our enemies with nuclear fusion generation power."


Put...

...

.. the anime ...

...

... down.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine November 14, 2018 1:58 PM  

Sounds more like star trek to me.

Blogger Starboard November 14, 2018 2:04 PM  

76. Azure, agreed, but it needs more improvosational superscience inovation that never occured to the engineers that designed it in the first place. "If we realign the bill of rights in resonance with the..."

Blogger dienw November 14, 2018 2:14 PM  

John wrote:At least we still have the Constitution.

That is satire.?

Blogger dienw November 14, 2018 2:18 PM  

cheddarman wrote:Who will defend Israel?



The children of our dual-citizenship residents and Judaeo-Christians: "Muh Zion!"

Blogger Musashi November 14, 2018 2:21 PM  

But we have DIVERSITY!!....and it's a mighty strength indeed.

Blogger Harris November 14, 2018 2:23 PM  

Fundamentally Transformed.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother November 14, 2018 2:24 PM  

I was satirizing the satire.

Blogger Hammerli 280 November 14, 2018 2:55 PM  

The American Unipolar Era was never going to last. Everybody with half a brain knew that twenty years ago. The real problem has been that the military today is like the post-Vietnam military - the hardware bought for a prior war was used up fighting an interminable counterinsurgency campaign...along with the funds that should have replaced the old gear.

And we're not talking about 8 years of neglect, we're talking about 25 years' worth. Which will take a decade to set right. As well as some serious rethinking about our force balance.

Pro tip: John Adams had it right. The trident of Neptune is the scepter of the world. Put your money into the Navy.

Blogger Crew November 14, 2018 2:55 PM  

But we have these awesome toys for attacking goat fuckers deep underground!

https://defensemaven.io/warriormaven/air/air-force-fast-tracks-new-a2k-more-penetrating-deep-strike-bunker-buster-bomb-IN-NJGTVPUGo3LSiqAk89w/

Surely we will always win.

Blogger Daniel Heneghan November 14, 2018 3:04 PM  

@83

>>Which will take a decade to set right. As well as some serious rethinking about our force balance.

Why do we have to set anything right? Let's just accept the fact that Russia and China are great powers and live with that. We don't have to challenge them at every step. Just accommodate them.

Blogger pnq87 November 14, 2018 3:07 PM  

Every nation the U.S. defeats, it assimilates into the multicultural slushpit. I will be praying for Russia and China in the next war.

Blogger CarpeOro November 14, 2018 3:23 PM  

As a recruit back in the mid 1980s I recall that recruiters were trying to fill their quotas with a variety of Latin American recruits. One that was in my training unit for a very short time before it was clear he barely knew any English was a Colombian, who got cycled out (he didn't appear to be very bright). Another from El Salvador knew a bit of English and got transferred to a training group to learn more English and maybe get cycled into another boot unit(a bit brighter, don't recall anything else). Besides these, there were plenty of average and sub-average IQ types and a leavening of above average to brilliant recruits.

The point is, a volunteer military could never have maintained the Empire - not enough interest in doing so. A draft military could have. A smaller professional military with excellent leadership could for a time - but would require shrewd civil leadership also. We have neither.

Blogger dienw November 14, 2018 3:44 PM  

Just one of our fifth columns is claiming responsibility for he California fire:ISIS Group Claims California Wildfires Are Retribution, Vows 'You Will See More Fires'.

Blogger Balkan Yankee November 14, 2018 3:44 PM  

Russia is a rising military power, but its population continues to shrink: https://strategypage.com/htmw/htwin/articles/20181113.aspx

The authors suggest that the Russian military intervention Ukraine was disastrous from a demographic perspective: "Until the recent invasion of Ukraine, sanctions and lower oil prices, the Russian birth rate was growing. That has stopped."

Blogger Iron Spartan November 14, 2018 4:20 PM  

dienw wrote:Just one of our fifth columns is claiming responsibility for he California fire:ISIS Group Claims California Wildfires Are Retribution, Vows 'You Will See More Fires'.

Only surprised that it hasn't happened sooner or more often. The winds and dry happen every year. 1 man with a van full of gas cans with a simple timed charge could burn out a million residents quite easily.

Blogger English Tom November 14, 2018 4:50 PM  

@Starboard

Time to stop destructive nation building in middle East.

I'm sure ZOG would have something to say about that.

Blogger English Tom November 14, 2018 4:54 PM  

@Starboard

Re: will the new Europeans serve.

I read an article recently (sputniknews) which stated that in Sweden, new Swedes are being heavily encouraged to join the police.

If enough of them get in then the horror that unfolds for ordinary Swedes will be epic. The Eloi and Morlocks made real.

Blogger berb2000 November 14, 2018 4:57 PM  

I am sure someone may have pointed this out - neither China nor Russia have all of those attributes either. Just saying.

Blogger English Tom November 14, 2018 4:57 PM  

@Dirk Manly

The EU is in the process of centralising command and control of ALL the militaries in the EU under one organisation. It will be a disaster.

Blogger English Tom November 14, 2018 4:59 PM  

@S1AL

It is doubtful if the US has the ability to dominate the air dimension, given especially the increased sophistication of missile technology.

Blogger English Tom November 14, 2018 5:03 PM  

@Dirk Manly

I thought unicorns farted glitter!

Blogger turk187 November 14, 2018 5:03 PM  

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Blogger OneWingedShark November 14, 2018 5:05 PM  

Unknown wrote:Loss of points 1-4 followed as a result of the loss of point 5. The destruction of Point 5 was not accidental, but was intentionally brought about by cultural subversion via KGB influence operatives and fellow travelers within the West.

Restore point 5 and points 1-4 follow behind.

Yuri Bezmenov says exactly the same thing: here.
Here's a longer, but worth watching, video explaining it all.

VD wrote:I meant COULD lose an offensive war. in fact it WOULD lose an offensive war with either.

That's more like it. I was wondering what was wrong with you.

One of the problems I sense from the Army nowadays is the impact of having so many of the leadership canned and replaced by those who are as Hackworth termed them "Perfumed Princes" -- and given the nature of DC, their loyalty and allegiance is very likely not to the US, but rather the globalist elite. I wonder how many would balk at orders to secure the borders using lethal force as required.

Steb wrote:From the report: 'despite a $716 billion American defense budget this year, which is four times the size of China's and more than 10 times that of Russia, the effort to reshape the U.S. defense establishment to counter current threats is under-resourced.'

They could double the budget and it would still be under-resourced, because the people spending the money don't wane to modernise.

I'm listening to Lind On War at the moment. Really recommend it for anyone whose interested in this story.

I don't think that's really the issue; I think the issue is that the 'modernization' is essentially a scam. Just take a look at how much money has been thrown at the F-35, the politics surrounding it, and the "let's get rid of something that works [A-10] and replace it with something that doesn't [F-35]!" crap that you see in software: the numerous, unsuccessful drives to replace yucky old COBOL with the shiny new Java.

Blogger turk187 November 14, 2018 5:05 PM  

I've always felt that the only way we could ever clear the national debt is if we get China to buy it all up, go to war with China, win, and make them clear that debt as war reparation.

As Vox Day thinks, I too think we will lose our next war (even as we've already lost in Afghanistan.) So, what if we go to war with China, who already owns most of our debt (I think they do, I haven't checked lately, but I seem to remember them passing Japan as the biggest single holder of US debt) so, we go to war with China, we lose, they call in all our debt as war reparations.

What the hell would we do then?

Blogger Timmy3 November 14, 2018 5:35 PM  

China has never been tested in a modern global war and Russia’s military adventures had been disastrous. I suppose Ukraine is a non-event. We aren’t going to defend it. Our weakness was not spending enough even though we spent plenty still engaging in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. It’s a trap.

Blogger Ray - SoCal November 14, 2018 5:56 PM  

China's true budget Military is understated. A better way is look at purchasing power. Per this article it's about 70%. https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htmurph/20141025.aspx

CDR Salamander has been talking of a 600 ship Chinese fleet for a while.
https://cdrsalamander.blogspot.com/

Blogger Snidely Whiplash November 14, 2018 6:02 PM  

doug whiddon wrote:we go to war with China, we lose, they call in all our debt as war reparations.

What the hell would we do then?

Repudiate the debt. Jail any bankers that object.

Blogger OneWingedShark November 14, 2018 6:05 PM  

S1AL wrote:Wouldn't absolute air superiority (in the sense that our Air Force was virtually untouchable after Korea) be a deciding factor? More than anything, that's what allowed the military to do as it pleased. Even in Vietnam, it was primarily hamstrung by a hostile press and jungle cover.
Air superiority isn't all it's pushed as: you simply cannot control the area without boots on the ground. This "air-power can do everything!" circle-jerk is ridiculous and needs to die before it gets even more people killed.

cheddarman wrote:Who will defend Israel?
Let God defend Israel -- I think the Old Testament shows that he is more than able to do so.
(And one thing a lot of those thinking Israel is/should-be America's greatest ally seem to forget is this: what happens when God want's to discipline Israel?)

Blogger OneWingedShark November 14, 2018 6:09 PM  

Snidely Whiplash wrote:doug whiddon wrote:we go to war with China, we lose, they call in all our debt as war reparations.

What the hell would we do then?


Repudiate the debt. Jail any bankers that object.

Amendment 14, the gift that keeps on giving, says in Section Section 4.
The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.

But there is a way to get around this that doesn't involve amending it away, it involves particular Constitutional requirements of "Tender in Payment of Debts" that our current system simply doesn't meet.

Blogger Zeroh Tollrants November 14, 2018 6:21 PM  

NYET.

Iran.
And maybe another bite at Syria.

Blogger S1AL November 14, 2018 6:25 PM  

To clarify, I meant that the loss of our total air supremacy was a major blow - sure, you can't hold ground with it, but it allowed the US military to break almost any conventional target while it lasted.

Blogger Johnny November 14, 2018 6:56 PM  

>>we go to war with China, we lose, they call in all our debt as war reparations.

>>What the hell would we do then?

If we have an expeditionary force that loses in some combat mission, and we choose to call it war and agree to pay reparations, then failure to pay would wreck our credit rating everywhere else. That happened to Germany after WWI. They did pay but with grievously inflated currency.

Otherwise if we truly lose a war with China then it is the Chinese who get to decide. I forget which country, but on one occasion the French seized control of the import-export authorities of a small Latin country and collected taxes until the debt owed France was paid.

Blogger James Dixon November 14, 2018 7:23 PM  

> I've always felt that the only way we could ever clear the national debt is if we...

We'll simply repudiate the debt and refuse to pay it, the way most other countries have done at one time or another.

> but I seem to remember them passing Japan as the biggest single holder of US debt

They are the largest foreign holder, but the latest figures I checked indicated the majority of the debt was still held within the US. It's a close thing though.

Blogger Brett baker November 14, 2018 7:32 PM  

JESUS, NOT AGAIN! Remember the story, the Morlocks did all the work, not live on welfare. Quit slurring them!

Blogger Brett baker November 14, 2018 7:39 PM  

JESUS, NOT AGAIN! Remember the story, the Morlocks did all the work, not live on welfare. Quit slurring them!

Blogger Jack (LJCSOGHMOMAS) November 14, 2018 7:59 PM  

The U.S. military no longer needs any of those things because it now has grrrl power. Grrrl power can defeat anything.

Blogger Johnny November 14, 2018 8:02 PM  

>>We'll simply repudiate the debt and refuse to pay it...

I can't think of a country recently that repudiated its national debt. What does come to mind is Argentina. They declined to honor a debt that came due, did not cover the interest expense, and said they would pay the particular notes someday. A kind of semi repudiation.

What followed was an economic decline that went on for something like six months to a year. Their internal economy was severely damaged and the import/export stuff became tenuous and greatly reduced because they lost credit abroad.

Things started to settle out when the rioting became so severe that the cops shot some people. At that point it finally became clear that the government was going to have to take some kind of constructive action that went beyond thinking they could simply not pay on their debt instruments.

The more modern way is to borrow and spend on a level that induces an inflationary spiral and inflates interest rates a lot. And the currency will lose value like crazy abroad. Where it ends nobody knows because the termination depends on the government. taking constructive action.

Blogger By My Greybeard! November 14, 2018 8:10 PM  

@Dirk_Manly

Your comment brings something to my mind:
I vaguely remember a song from my childhood about a person who kept buying bigger and bigger animals to rid his house of pests. The original problem (insects in the grain) would be the picking of cotton.

IIRC first critters he bought were mice to eat the insects, but the mice also ate his grain. So to “fix” that he bought cats.

The cats ate the mice alright, but also all his chickens and fish. To “cure” his cat problem he bought dogs....

With each iteration the problem (of having pests) bounces more out of control.

If he'd just bought a bb-gun and plinked the mice he'd have solved his problem. ⨟u]

Thank you for bringing this back to mind! When I start compiling my suggestions for homeschooling our next generation I'm going to include that song as a mnemonic for the value of picking one's own cotton.

Blogger Azimus November 14, 2018 8:50 PM  

I don't think its just the US that is no longer a superpower, I think the concept of a global superpower is now impossible with the state of today's military technology - particularly the deterioration of the gap between first world and third world navies.

To project force, you need to control the sea, and the transport of troops and material on the sea. With the range, lethality, and cheapness of rocket weapons (in comparison to their targets), the world's oceans have become very, very small places with nowhere to hide. Its become the equivalent of World War I on the water: a 10 ship battlegroup worth $40 billion leaves San Diego. It has to cover 7,000 miles of open water at maybe 30 mph to reach Shanghai, 6,000 miles before it can engage the Chinese w/aircraft and cruise missiles. Thanks to their orbital satellite array, the Chinese could have the battlegroup under observation for its entire journey across the Pacific, and could relay targeting coordinates to carrier-killer irbm's starting 3,000 miles from Shanghai. That means the fleet would be a sitting duck for 2,000 miles - more than 2.5 days! It would be a suicide mission. And the cost to detroy this battlegroup would be 1/1000 of the cost to build it with a replacement time of months vs years (if ever) for the battlegroup. The Us cannot project naval power - amd truthfully no one can. So the US will become a Western Hemisphere only power again, and Russian and China will as well, until someone develops the revolutionary technology to break the murderous "western front" style stalemate...

Blogger Berk November 14, 2018 9:47 PM  

.....Military Complex wants more MONEY...... so we can stay in all those like really *important* wars and conflict zones that have been sucking US$ into blackholes. So sorry can't afford border wall now, cause protection of the nation is at stake!?!

Blogger Dirk Manly November 14, 2018 10:04 PM  

@96 English Tom

"I thought unicorns farted glitter!"

That's when they take a dump.

Blogger CYGNUS FACETIOUS November 14, 2018 10:32 PM  

pyrrhus wrote:"The United States has lost its military edge to a dangerous degree and could potentially lose a war against China or Russia,"
All of the spooky Sino-Russian hypersonic gadgets, the shotgun 'Satan' ICBMs were patented/old news by the 70s, particularly that exposed reactor cruiser drone nuke vehicle, -- traditional fake hand-me-down tech transfers to maintain the semblance of a first strike threat. The actual space programs haven't been using rockets for decades -- Japan's space elevator talk within the century, and all of this asteroid mining speculation isn't idle talk. Chernobyl and the Nork mountain nuclear facility implosions were not conventional events any more than the Twin Towers were. The kinetic conflict risk is wildly over-stated, especially with Communist China's internicine ethnic chaos and single aircraft carrier -- the danger is always within, from rogue, seditious elements.

Steb wrote:
They could double the budget and it would still be under-resourced, because the people spending the money don't wane to modernise.

21 trillion missing 9/10 from the DOD testified to by Rumsfeld. That number crops up in various context with regularity. It exceeds practicable laundering quantities, short of bartering directly with other black budget entities. Inverted arms race -- one exoterically at pace with the rest to maintain appearances and soak up additional funding, another with the actual Moore's Law paced exotics. See Catherine Austin Fitts' work on the topic.

Azure Amaranthine wrote:Carriers depend on not being assassinated by specialized torpedoes or missile swarms.
See the Fat Leonard Scandal being prosecuted now on Pacific Fleet bribe schemes,-- probably links in with human trafficking schemes in Q materials. A hostile could have gotten the job done cheaply at any number of port diversions they successfully pulled off, no high speed supercavitating torpedos or fighter sorties required.

Ron Winkleheimer wrote:I saw a young guy ranting because somebody in the National Guard had told him that women weren't very good soldiers
A female Marine Corps officer wrote an article relatively early in the Afghanistan adventure, effectively: women experience unacceptable rates of joint/tendon injury/decay and persistent UTI/yeast infections. They're worse than useless as frontline infantry, and demoralizing presences in the barracks to all but the faeries. It's one thing if you're practicing Total Defense on the Swiss model, and need the man power & guerilla force pool deterrent; the US' pozzery serves a subversion end to someone, at least.

dienw wrote::ISIS Group Claims California Wildfires Are Retribution
This all but confirms the DS attribution, & possibly the energy weapon modality. Signaling just as much as the Squirrel Hill & Thousand Oaks farces.

doug whiddon wrote:even as we've already lost in Afghanistan
The opium crop has buffeted the black budget(s) well in excess of the US national debt at this point; if it weren't exclusively going into glow-in-the-dark CIA types, it would be more than justifiable financially.

Blogger Dirk Manly November 14, 2018 10:39 PM  

@98

"
One of the problems I sense from the Army nowadays is the impact of having so many of the leadership canned and replaced by those who are as Hackworth termed them "Perfumed Princes" -- and given the nature of DC, their loyalty and allegiance is very likely not to the US, but rather the globalist elite. I wonder how many would balk at orders to secure the borders using lethal force as required."

Fortunately, due to modern communications, The President can relieve commanding officers, and replace them with subordinates all the way down to the Lieutenants if need be, and sort it all out later.

In support of this argument, I bring you the case of Major General Singlaub.


As a lower-ranking officer back in the Singlaub was the supervisor for the balloon-based extraction seat for personnel pick-up by fixed-wing aircraft without an airstrip.
You get into the seat portion, deploy the balloon with a gas cartridge, and wait. A fixed-wing aircraft with a large, v-shaped catch device on the nose comes by and catches the cable, taking the seat and rider. Singlaub insisted that no Privates would be used as test-dummies. So the developers asked him, "well, if we can't use Privates, who are we going to test it on?"
Singlaub replied: "ME! So you had better sure you've got everything right before you come to me and say it's ready to go, and not going to injure anybody" or words to that effect.

http://infogalactic.com/info/Fulton_surface-to-air_recovery_system

So, years later, now MG Singlaub is the theater commander in South Korea. President Carter announces a new policy with respect to the SK/NK situation. Within hours, Singlaub is giving presentations passing the information down to the troops.

And this is where the travesty happens. In the meanwhile, Carter had CHANGED HIS MIND but didn't bother sending any messages to that effect to the headquarters for South Korea. So, for Contradicting the President's Policy, MG Singlaub was canned.

See the book "Hazerdous Duty", a biography of Singlaub published in 1992. For those who have KU, there's a Kindle edition for free ($10 for all others).

Blogger Dirk Manly November 14, 2018 10:41 PM  

@99

"So, what if we go to war with China, who already owns most of our debt (I think they do, I haven't checked lately, but I seem to remember them passing Japan as the biggest single holder of US debt) so, we go to war with China, we lose, they call in all our debt as war reparations.

What the hell would we do then?"

Reneg on it.

Blogger Dirk Manly November 14, 2018 11:24 PM  

@113

I know an old lady who swallowed a fly.
I don't know why, she swallowed that fly -- I guess she'll die.

I know an old lady who swallowed a spider
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her!
She swalled the spider to catch the fly
I don't know why she swalled a fly -- I guess she'll die

There was an old lady who swallowed a cow;
I don't know how she swallowed a cow!

She swallowed the cow to catch the goat,
She swallowed the goat to catch the dog,
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat,
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird,
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider;
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her!
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly;
I don't know why she swallowed a fly -- I guess she'll die!
.
.
.
.
There was an old lady who swallowed a horse;
...She's dead, of course!

Blogger Dirk Manly November 14, 2018 11:31 PM  

@114

Good analysis for those numbers.

Thank God the true numbers are classified. I'll leave it at that so as to not give away even hints.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash November 15, 2018 12:14 AM  

OneWingedShark wrote:The validity of the public debt of the United StatesA Constitution that allows the Gun Control Act, and an Assault Weapons Ban, a Constitution that somehow requires Abortion and Gay Marriage, is flexible enough to allow repudiation of foreign debt.

In case you hadn't noticed, the Constitution is a dead letter, and has been since at least the Warren Court. Anything the justices want can be found in the Constitution, and anything they don't want is prohibited by it.

Blogger liberranter November 15, 2018 12:37 AM  

1. Monopoly on nuclear weapons
2. Limited geographic accessibility by enemies
3. Dominant industrial infrastructure
4. High-average-IQ European population
5. High-trust, high-moral Christian
society


Don't forget:

6. A robust, growing, stable economy that provides government budget surpluses sufficient to maintain military superpower status.

This is closely tied to numbers 3 and 4.

The United States has lost its military edge to a dangerous degree and could potentially lose a war against China or Russia, according to a report released Wednesday by a bipartisan commission that Congress created to evaluate the Trump administration's defense strategy.

Any war fought between the U.S. and either Russia or China would be a war of aggression foolishly and hubristically provoked by the U.S. and would end in defeat, disaster, and probably the collapse of the Republic. Ergo, this "loss of global superpower" capability is actually a blessing in disguise.

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Blogger Azure Amaranthine November 15, 2018 3:38 AM  

"until someone develops the revolutionary technology to break the murderous "western front" style stalemate..."

You want a technique that reliably under-reaches to pull out the supports. Any technology that could reliably over-reach to crush heads would eventually result in a much worse nightmare.

Really though, just leave it the hell be. We really, really don't need global supremacy. Global supremacy is just opium for our other ills, which delays fixing them even longer.

Blogger The Lab Manager November 15, 2018 6:39 AM  

I'm sure all those illegal immigrants here or maybe those Muslim Somalis could take up the slack, right?

Blogger Paul M November 15, 2018 6:55 AM  

So, the military wants more money. Nothing to see, here. I have been reading "Decline and Fall", and one of the interesting things it mentions is how every public occasion or even would be used by the military to pass the hat around for a contribution to the military.

So - the USA might maybe lose a war with Russia. That is, the USA is maybe in the same situation as Russia has been for the past 50 years. But Russia is still a country. So is China. Maybe absolute global military dominance isn't actually necessary for a country to exist?

Blogger Paul M November 15, 2018 7:01 AM  

Jourdan wrote:How is this a shocking report? The U.S. hasn't won a war since the DoD was created. (Lost: Korea, Vietnam, Gulf [yes indeedy, when you have to remain in force for a decade to patrol a "truce" the other side isn't respecting AND re-invade, you lost], Afghanistan and Iraq.

And let's not forget that the US didn't win WWII, either. Russia did. The western front was a sideshow. The USA spent WWII breaking into french farmhouses, drinking the wine in the cellars, and fucking the women.

Blogger Emmanuel November 15, 2018 7:08 AM  

@128

"And let's not forget that the US didn't win WWII, either. Russia did."

This muh Russia meme needs to die... along with all those needless deaths said slavic dogs incurred and the idea that the Russians could have won a war with the allies considering the massive airpower advantage the allies had and considering the only reason the Russians managed to push as effectively as they did against German armor was because of combined arms that relied heavily on the fact that the Russians had air superiority and could bomb the krauts with impunity.

Also, RAPE OF BERLIN, you Uncle Joe lover, you.

Blogger Paul M November 15, 2018 7:11 AM  

S1AL wrote:Wouldn't absolute air superiority (in the sense that our Air Force was virtually untouchable after Korea) be a deciding factor? More than anything, that's what allowed the military to do as it pleased. Even in Vietnam, it was primarily hamstrung by a hostile press and jungle cover.
You cannot win a war with air power. It has never worked. All you can do is blow things up, which is not the same as winning. The only way to take territory is boots on the ground.

Furthermore, "Shock and awe" has never worked. Bombing cities does not make civilians surrender, or break their morale. It didn't work for the Nazis, when the blitzed London. It still doesn't work. The main reason being that there's no-one to surrender to. All it does is persuade the civilian populations that the bombing nation is cowardly, amoral monsters.

Conquering a nation means you are the one making the laws, imposing order, distributing welfare and collecting taxes. You can't do it from the air.

Blogger Paul M November 15, 2018 7:19 AM  

Emmanuel Mateo-Morales wrote:@128

"And let's not forget that the US didn't win WWII, either. Russia did."

This muh Russia meme needs to die...
Also, RAPE OF BERLIN, you Uncle Joe lover, you.

I never said they were good guys, I said that they won. Losers don't get to rape cities. Hitler and the German people were 100% right to be terrified by the prospect of being defeated by commies. We all know in which direction people were jumping the Berlin wall and trying to get across the Iron Curtain.

Blogger Johnny November 15, 2018 8:11 AM  

>>So, the military wants more money.

I think it a misplaced emphasis to single out the military. The reality is that whatever the political class can spend money on, they will spend money on. Thus they are an endless lobby for whatever spending they can get support for.

As for winning a war, we can still beat the crap out of anybody provided it is combat that focuses on hardware because we have more war making toys than anybody. The problem is we go to war for reasons that are not all that compelling, and thus don't really throw ourselves into it. And we can't seem to run an effective occupation. We mix utopic thinking with an unwillingness to be brutish enough to get full control.

Blogger James Dixon November 15, 2018 8:26 AM  

> I can't think of a country recently that repudiated its national debt.

There is a fine line between repudiation and simple default, but the two are effectively the same as far as the lender is concerned. This chart may be of assistance: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-07-31/214-years-sovereign-defaults-one-chart

But the simplest way to reduce the national debt (not pay it off, because Congress would simply insist on spending more money) would probably be to have a national lottery where the winnings were exempted from federal, state, and local taxes. It would easily overtake the Powerball and MegaMillions lotteries.

Blogger Johnny November 15, 2018 8:52 AM  

@133 James Dixon

I was unaware there were that many defaults. I think it would be necessary to study individual cases to get to what is going on. Now days the IMF steps in and makes deals. Maybe they are gaming the system for a debt buy down or some other dodge.

Back in feudal Europe a lot of money lenders or banks lost money by lending money to a potentate. The nobility were land rich but probably more likely to be in debt than to have savings.

Post WWII we set up the IMF and the World Bank. Along with stabilizing things, it also helped foreign countries afford our exports in the early years. And because it helps with debt management, it makes it easier for governments to borrow. Currently debt levels by governments are very high world wide. I am thinking that in a lot of places the local population might well be better off if their government had bad credit. It would help rein in the useless spending a lot of governments do.

Blogger James Dixon November 15, 2018 7:49 PM  

> I was unaware there were that many defaults.

Most people are. It's not something either the banks or governments want to advertise.

And yes sovereign debt is far too high around the world. It's only a matter of time till something breaks in such a way that it all comes tumbling down.

Blogger Dirk Manly November 15, 2018 10:39 PM  

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Blogger Dirk Manly November 15, 2018 10:40 PM  

It's going to suck for the bankers.
For everyone else -- not so much; There will be no need or justification for confiscatory tax rates.

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