As we move from Afghanistan, we find the US in a retreat if not in a rout all across the globe. Here is a summary by the Chinese Global Times. But before we commence with the quote it is important to note that the US cannot even defend its own homeland having no worthwhile missile defense system. On the contrary, the Russian defensive missile systems with the S-500, S-600 and rolling out S-700 are the greatest in the world enabling them to defeat the US in a nuclear war while at the same time protecting 95% to 100% of their population with their defensive missiles. They have nuclear bomb shelter provisions for about forty million people in their cities. We have no nuclear bomb shelters in the US while China has a massive cave system prepared as nuclear bomb shelters. Russia can win a nuclear war. We have discussed this at length elsewhere.


Here are some quotes:


The US has spent 20 years on its “anti-terror war” in Afghanistan, investing huge amount of resources in the country to support the Afghan government and help train its troops. However, just a month or so after the quickened withdrawal of US troops, Afghanistan’s military collapsed completely under the Taliban’s fierce attacks. This was unthinkable for the US and the rest of the West – even beyond their most pessimistic predictions.


The drastic change in Afghanistan’s situation is undoubtedly a heavy blow to the US. It declared the complete failure of US intent to reshape Afghanistan. In the meantime, the US’ desperate withdrawal plan shows the unreliability of US commitments to its allies: When its interests require it to abandon allies, Washington will not hesitate to find every excuse to do so.


A country as powerful as the US could not defeat the Afghan Taliban, which received almost no aid from outside, even in 20 years. This defeat of the US is a clearer demonstration of US impotence than the Vietnam War – the US is indeed like a “paper tiger.” From another perspective, the US’ defeat is even more humiliating than that of the Soviet Union in Afghanistan in the 1980s.


The Najibullah government in Kabul held out for more than three years after the Soviet Union withdrew from Afghanistan, where the anti-government guerrillas were heavily armed and supported by the US. However, the Taliban defeated the US on its own. The Afghan government collapsed even before the US had completed its troop withdrawal.

Here we continue our comments:


The US has no ability to defend Taiwan and we had to move planes and aircraft carriers out of the area as Chinese anti-ship weapons on shore can knock them out. They have a wide range. They can strike even Guam.  Air power today is useless as there will be no defensible place for the F-35 to land as the US has no defensive missile capacity to speak of. Aircraft carriers are sitting ducks for missile target practice and are obsolete. This applies everywhere as well as in NATO  NATO is one big bluff as its airpower would be wiped out in the first ten minutes of conflict on their air fields, and the Russian shock armies would reach the English Channel in two weeks. Our planes can be struck by very advanced Iranian missiles at their bases stationed in the Gulf States in a war as well. We go over Iranian power in footnote one.


Israelis defensive missiles against primitive scuds were effective but the cost of the defense was far in excess of the offense.



Here is a realistic appraisal of US military might.  This is one of the reasons for deep unrest in the military aside from it being destroyed by woke, sodomy, abortion and transgenderism. The colonels are not pleased with the massive corruption above in their top generals benefiting from the heroin operation in Afghanistan and the destruction of the US military in every area of morality.  Then, the corrupt generals go to the boards of military contractors for their payoffs. Nor are the colonels pleased with the disintegration of the US into murder, crime and rape or mandatory vaccinations with a deadly spike protein.

America can successfully defend Taiwan against China – but only in its dreams


Scott Ritter
is a former US Marine Corps intelligence officer and author of ‘SCORPION KING: America’s Suicidal Embrace of Nuclear Weapons from FDR to Trump.’ He served in the Soviet Union as an inspector implementing the INF Treaty, in General Schwarzkopf’s staff during the Gulf War, and from 1991-1998 as a UN weapons inspector. Follow him on Twitter @RealScottRitter
19 Apr, 2021 20:36

FILE PHOTO: A F-16 fighter jet lands on a highway used as an emergency landing strip during the Han Kuang military exercise in Madou, Tainan, southern Taiwan, April 12, 2011©REUTERS/Nicky Loh

The US military has deteriorated to the point that the only way it could win a simulated war game in which it was called on to defend Taiwan from a ‘Chinese invasion’ force was by inventing capabilities it does not yet possess.


In 2018 and 2019, the US Air Force conducted detailed simulated war games that had its forces square off against those of China. On both occasions, the US was decisively defeated, the first time challenging the Chinese in the South China Sea, and the second time defending Taiwan – which China sees as an integral part of its territory – against a Chinese invasion.


In 2020, the US repeated the Taiwan scenario, and won – but only barely. The difference? In both 2018 and 2019, it played with the resources it had on hand. Last year, it gave itself a host of new technologies and capabilities that are either not in production or aren’t even planned for development. In short, the exercise was as far removed from reality as it could get. The fact is the US can only successfully defend Taiwan from a full-scale Chinese invasion in its dreams.

What the current war games underscored is that, as currently configured, equipped, and deployed, the US Air Force lacks the required combination of lethality and sustainability necessary to wage full-scale conventional conflict against a peer-level foe. The mix of aircraft currently in the US Air Force inventory was unable to ‘compete’ in the war game – even the current model of F-35 was excluded as not being up to the task of fighting and surviving against the Chinese military. Instead, the wargamers completely altered the composition and operational methodology of the US Air Force, providing it with combat aircraft that are either still on the drawing board, or have not even been considered for procurement yet. They also completely altered the ‘layout’ of forces, manufacturing new airfields that do not exist, and connecting them with command-and-control capabilities just as fictional.


There was a time when the notion of US air superiority, if not supremacy, was virtually guaranteed on any battlefield that could be imagined. This was especially true in the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the corresponding disintegration of Russian combat power. The US was able to hold onto this edge over the course of the 1990s simply by exploiting the advantages accrued from years of investment made in modern aircraft and combat systems during the Cold War, and the fact no other nation was able and/or willing to invest in their respective military to challenge the US in that arena.


The events of 9/11 proved to be seminal in the decline of American military power. The United States poured its entire national security focus into defeating the forces of ‘global terrorism,’ and engaged itself in the futile act of ‘nation-building’ in Afghanistan and Iraq. In doing so, the needs of one combat command – US Central Command (CENTCOM), responsible for US military interests in the Middle East and Southwest Asia – took priority over all others.


Gone were the days when the US spent billions of dollars preparing to fight a major war in the Pacific, another major war in Europe, and a ‘holding action’ in the Middle East. In the post-9/11 world, the sole focus of the US military became low-intensity conflict and counterinsurgency. Every aspect of military existence – recruiting, training, organization, equipment, employment, and sustainability – was defined by the needs of CENTCOM in fighting the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. If something did not further the CENTCOM mission, it was either discarded or modified so it would.

The US military spent itself in the CENTCOM area of operations – physically, fiscally, morally, and intellectually. Every single principle of war necessary for a military to prevail was sacrificed in the deserts and mountains of Iraq and Afghanistan.


Today, with the political decision having been made to depart Afghanistan, and a similar decision being brooded regarding Iraq and its corollary conflict, Syria, the US military is a fundamentally broken institution. It lost its ‘forever wars’ in the Middle East and Southwest Asia by not winning. As such, the senior leadership at the helm of the US military has been conditioned to accept defeat as de rigueur; it comes with the territory, a reality explained away by lying – either to yourself, your superiors, or both. Too many successful careers were created on the backs of lies repackaged as truth, of defeats sold as victories, as deficits portrayed as assets.

In many ways, the recently concluded US Air Force war game is a byproduct of this psychosis – an exercise in self-delusion, in which reality is replaced by a fictional world where everything works as planned, even if it does not exist. The US Air Force cannot wage a successful war against China today. Nor can it do so against Russia. Its ability to sustain a successful air campaign against either Iran or North Korea is likewise questionable. This is the kind of reality that would, in a world where facts mattered, cost a lot of senior people their jobs, in uniform and out.


The culpability of this systemic incompetence is so widespread, however, that there can be no serious accounting for what has transpired. Instead, the US Air Force, having been confronted by the reality of its shortcomings, ‘invents’ a victory. In and of itself, this ‘victory’ is meaningless. If China were to invade Taiwan, there is literally nothing short of employing nuclear weapons the US could do to stop it. But by ‘beating’ China using fictional resources, the US Air Force has created a blueprint of procurement that will define its budgetary requests for the next decade.

In doing so, however, the US Air Force is simply repeating the mistakes of the CENTCOM-driven ‘forever war,’ focusing on achieving ‘victory’ in one theater of operations at the exclusion of all others. By building a fictitious ‘model’ military for the purpose of prevailing in a simulated war game in which every advantage was conceded to the United States, the US Air Force is simply continuing the pattern of behavior built around lies, deceit, and self-deception that has guided it, and its senior officers and civilian leadership, for the past two decades. The end result will be that, even if the Air Force gets all the tools and capabilities it claims it needs to win in any ‘defense of Taiwan’ war game (and it will not), the only way it can prevail in any such conflict will be in its dreams.