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How capable/strong is the US military?
    #3279553 - 10/26/04 03:10 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

Like, right now if the USA really flexed its muscle, what are we looking at? What could they do with it and shit, how advanced is it? Is there any other country that could standup?

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Re: How capable/strong is the US military? [Re: adamj]
    #3279572 - 10/26/04 03:17 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

For the US, "really flexing its muscle" means nuclear weapons. I'm not clear as to whether the Russians could still hit us w/ ICBMs, but the British probably could. The Chinese couldn't hit Washington, but they could destroy LA. The Israelis could fuck up Europe pretty bad, but couldn't reach the US.

As far as conventional weapons alone, the US couldn't successfully occupy China - there're just too many of them. Really, occupying any large country without the consent of the poeple for an extended period just wouldn't be worth it.

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Re: How capable/strong is the US military? [Re: adamj]
    #3279748 - 10/26/04 04:01 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

If we flexed our muscle we could probably destroy all the major cities in the world, but that would be cutting off our nose to spite our faces. Lets face it, we can't (as it stands right now) be invaded and detroyed due to many factors like size, resources and general location. We would never attack England or Isreal so their nukes are irrelavent. China is not a threat I believe even for LA since the nukes that they use aren't that accurate (from things that I have read). France doesn't have the balls to start a fight which leaves just russia, India and pakistan with the remainder of the known nukes. Russia is still a huge threat (when it comes to nukes) since they have thousands still with the ability to hit all of the US. Russia would be the toughest for the US.


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Re: How capable/strong is the US military? [Re: adamj]
    #3279766 - 10/26/04 04:04 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

I think Inny's got it right.

If you took nukes out of the equation, I think the US would prevail against any country except possibly China.

what's with neocons and the word 'ilk'?

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