Saturday, April 24, 2010

Fred Reed on the United States Military

    I wonder whether Americans realize that they have a Vienna sausage military at filet mignon prices. The sorry performance in recent wars is just one example of the ongoing rot, but the whole enterprise has become unbalanced, aimed at fighting the kinds of enemies we don’t have instead of the ones we have recently chosen to make.
And that's just the first paragraph — Damn the Torpedoes, Fools’ Greed Ahead.

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Amazing analysis. Thanks for posting it. Two points that I think are absolutely devastating in regard to the massive military we have now: 1) We can't afford it -- we're broke and the military is costing us hundreds of billions that we simply don't have; 2) The military equipment we are relying on, borrowing hundreds of billions to build and maintain, aren't calibrated to the world of warfare as it is evolving.

The last cavalry charge in Europe was a magnificent charge by Polish lancers against German invaders. In 1939. The Polish cavalry were state of the art horse-soldiers, with lances and sabers of steel. They were still mowed down by the canon and machine guns of the German tanks. Simply no contest.

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Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Great analogy in that second paragraph.

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