From: Jacksonville, FL, USA
If we are all so eager for war with China then we might as well get this underway then since we are so eager to underestimate them. I wish I am wrong about that. I truly wish I am.
Nobody is eager for war with China, but if it comes we're not exactly defenseless. You need to relax a little, this "ten foot tall" game has been played for a long time. Want a dose of reality let me give it to you, they have a lot of good weapons systems and can do some major damage to us. We have a lot of good weapons systems and will do some major damage to them. It will be bloody mess, but guess what you used IJN/A as an example of us underestimating them pre-WII, BUT SO DID THEY. They thought we were a weak and shallow society, we weren't!. Same applies here. I think for a while the PLA (In all of its forms) was underestimated in the early 2000's, now we've awaken to them and are working on systems/strategies to counter them. On the other hand, like most emerging powers, they are over estimating their own abilities. That is the miscalculation that concerns me, when an opponent dismisses a potential advisory, and make no mistake they are underestimating the West (and not just as an military, but as a culture).
And BTW the way I was there when I lost 241 Brothers in Beirut.
< Message edited by BeirutDude -- 10/9/2021 5:53:08 PM >
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