Altering the balance

Even defense industry experts are beginning to acknowledge the gradual alteration in the balance of global military power as its planetary supremacy is observably slipping away from the US military:

The US keeps losing, hard, in simulated wars with Russia and China. Bases burn. Warships sink. But we could fix the problem for about $24 billion a year, one well-connected expert said, less than four percent of the Pentagon budget.

“In our games, when we fight Russia and China,” RAND analyst David Ochmanek said this afternoon, “blue gets its ass handed to it.” In other words, in RAND’s wargames, which are often sponsored by the Pentagon, the US forces — colored blue on wargame maps — suffer heavy losses in one scenario after another and still can’t stop Russia or China — red — from achieving their objectives, like overrunning US allies.

No, it’s not a Red Dawn nightmare scenario where the Commies conquer Colorado. But losing the Baltics or Taiwan would shatter American alliances, shock the global economy, and topple the world order the US has led since World War II.

Granted, the RAND analysts have serious incentives to find problems to which they can sell the answers. But that doesn’t necessarily indicate that the vulnerabilities they describe do not exist, especially when they are describing scenarios very similar to what other observers have pointed out.

I don’t believe there is anything that can be done that is going to seriously slow the growth of regional power at the expense of the global power, especially because I believe we have already passed the point of peak globalism, for at least this cycle and possibly for good.

I suspect this is why the neocons and other Israeli imperialists are so desperate for war, almost any war, these days despite the American public’s complete lack of interest in waging any additional ones. They are clearly aware that the USA is only going to be less powerful, and less capable of military intervention around the world, in the future.