It is a crazy time in the world these days and events around the world have stretched the United States Military thin and also have tested our countries resolve on many issues. You have ISIS and their radical fundamentalism that has taken over large swaths of Iraq and Syria, the Russian bear poking its nose in world affairs everywhere irregardless of the consequences and a Chinese military that has invested trillions of dollars over the last decade to make it a capable offensive force and a huge factor in world politics. The big question on many Americans minds is whether the United States military has kept pace and also maintained its huge technological advantage over the rest of the world? A recent survey seems to indicate that a growing number of Americans do not feel that is the case.
A recent Gallup Poll that surveyed over 1000 Americans showed that less than half, 49%, believed that their country still has the strongest military. That is down sharply from the 60% figure that was reported at the same time last year. That is by far the lowest percentage of confidence in the American military over the last several decades. These are figures that should really make the politicians and others in charge of military spending take notice.
Why would Americans feel this way? The answer here is obvious. China is building islands out of dredged up sand in the South China Sea and the Americans have responded by sailing Navy ships near the islands and flying Air Force jets close by; a move that has had little effect on China’s aggressive posture in the area. Russia has boldly annexed Crimea in Ukraine, backed pro-Russian militants in the eastern part of the country too and has also gone into Syria and changed the course of events there almost overnight.
The words ‘surprised’ and ‘concerned’ are used often now when military commanders describe the military capabilities that the Russian’s have displayed in Syria. Their cruise missiles have shown a range almost twice what was thought they could go and their accuracy has also been very good. The Russians have also been found to possess much greater electronic warfare capabilities than previously thought; so much so that US Air Force Commanders admit it would be a challenge for American aircraft to penetrate Syrian airspace and attack Damascus if the need arose.
Countries like China, although now they are building their second aircraft carrier, have given up trying to keep pace with the numbers of aircraft carriers the Americans have. Instead they have spent a lot of money upgrading their anti-ship missile capabilities and attack sub fleet to take the American carriers out in the event of a war. Once again, US Commanders admit our carrier strike groups and the aircraft carriers themselves are more vulnerable than ever before.
The United States has enjoyed military superiority over the world for the most part since the fall of the Berlin Wall after WWII, but things are changing fast now as we cut budgets and try to build less but more sophisticated military equipment. Given all this, it’s no wonder that Americans have lost some faith that their country is still the strongest military power in the world.
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