(Here’s the problems with proxy wars. You give potential adversaries an advance chance to develop tactics to destroy your high-dollar toys. Like these two Bradley IFV’s and a German Leopard. An these are the cheap toys that Vlad is roasting. There’s more… – DD)
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From a geopolitical perspective, the U.S. today has never been weaker than since the post-Vietnam era.
(Daily Reckoning) – Remember the images of U.S. helicopters taking off from its South Vietnamese embassy in 1975, loaded with refugees trying to escape the country?
It was a national humiliation.
So was the disastrous U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2022. Desperate Afghans, eager to escape Taliban rule, clung to American transports leaving Kabul.
It might represent an even greater national humiliation.
In both cases, U.S. weakness was on full display for the world to see. Its defeat in Vietnam led to Soviet geopolitical gains throughout the world.
U.S. credibility around the world was restored during the 1980s as Reagan rebuilt the U.S. military into a powerful force.
U.S. geopolitical power peaked after its dramatic victory in the First Gulf War in 1991. But the U.S. proceeded to squander that power in the wake of 9/11, with strategic failures in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, for the past 20 years, the U.S. focused on fighting terrorists that have limited combat capability, not serious rivals like Russia with significant conventional forces.
Many U.S. weapons systems supplied to Ukraine have proven to be inadequate or in some cases, total failures.
Patriot missile batteries cannot shoot down…