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Posted on Nov 28, 2022
CPT Alex Gallo
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With China I believe it is about respect. I believe they currently don’t respect the USA and can easily predict our reactions under President Biden. War is not inevitable, but under this Administration it is more likely. Weakness is an invitation to Communists to take as much as they can while the taking is good, and I fear we appear weak to them.
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1LT William Clardy
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A shooting war with the PRC is no more inevitable now than war with the Soviet Union was inevitable in 1983 (when a lot of World War 3 novels were being written).
Assuming that Chinese strategic thinking mirrors our own is a long-standing, albeit foolish, U.S. conceit which makes misinterpreting Chinese moves and intents dangerously more likely.
I highly recommend reading Pillsbury's "The Hundred-Year Marathon: China's Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower" for a compelling exploration of Chinese long-term strategy.
https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/the-hundred-year-marathon-chinas-secret-strategy-to-replace-america-as-the-global-superpower/9150371/item/44739909/?gclid=Cj0KCQiA1ZGcBhCoARIsAGQ0kkqpYVdhfctUPXAtgYd5wBHXqWFcqN2eygi8wc0lI4ONbafdryX9u6caAhdfEALw_wcB#idiq=44739909&edition=11653459
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MAJ Ken Landgren
MAJ Ken Landgren
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1LT William Clardy - I think we should be more judicious at committing to wars. The army has been tired and worn out for many years. This might not be popular, but it is my opinion that training, schools, deployments, PCS moves, more training and deployments have taken a heavy toll on the army. Thus, making many soldiers at risk of emotional and metal challenges. The country has not paid the price, it was SMs who paid the price.

Let Iraq be a lesson in invading a country and dismantling the whole government. We really f@cked up by committing to that war.
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1LT William Clardy
1LT William Clardy
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I think we are in devout agreement, MAJ Ken Landgren.
My experience taught me that our military doesn't "not win" wars gracefully, and I think the current upper echelons are even more reluctant to address unpleasant lessons than they were when I was young soldier.
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MAJ Ken Landgren
MAJ Ken Landgren
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1LT William Clardy -Iraq was so poorly planned. Once we reached Baghdad the army said what now? Then came COIN. Then we thought COIN was the be all end all to insurgencies, but we pursued winning the hearts and minds of the Afghan people. That failed miserably for 20 years.

Clausewitz Trinity of the people, government, and military would have given us a better analysis in retrospect.

I will add more thoughts if I feel froggy. lol
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LTC John W. Garnsey
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1LT William Clardy - I think you're exactly correct on the strategic end state of the PRC. While our national leaders are consumed with making poitical points over the culture wars, PRC and other nations have been making strategic, long-term, steady advances across Diplomacy, Military and Economic areas.
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I worked at the Command Post whilst at Ramstein as a Meteorologist and pilots talked about being harassed by MIGS. I am very nervous since the wall was broken down. The F-4, C5, and F-16 were still uneasy.
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