The USA can barely handle one war at a time. Two wars against backward, third-world countries practically bankrupted them.
The US could probably beat any nation on Earth in one-on-one warfare, but all of them? No chance. For the past 70 years the US has gone up against 3rd world nations or backwards obsolete militaries and struggled against some of them (Vietnam and Iraq were nothing shy of messy). A battle against a large nation like China or India or a nation with a modern or sizeable military like Russia, Israel or a Western Europe state (like Germany, UK, France etc.) would leave them badly wounded.
Nah - Japan's military was crippled during the Potsdam Declaration and their navy was completely dissolved. They still have their Maritime Defense Force (think Coast Guard but with destroyers and submarines), but the treaty did not allow for an offensive fleet to be built; just a defensive fleet.
I still think there's a secret lab deep within Mt Fuji where a huge fleet of Gundam are being assembled. I don't think the treaty made mention of mecha being prohibited...
Even if the US economy were in splendid shape with twice the power projection capacity, my answer is NO.
The US military has been geared up to kick open someone else's door, barge in, take on occupation chores for a few years while putting together a regime change, then pull out. In short, it is optimized for interventionist contingencies.
Additional obstacle involves the US political system. It is difficult to retain voters' support for overseas wars beyond first few years. The last time the congress has even formally declared a war was right after the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor and that was way back in late 1941!
From an economic and cultural perspective, not to mention that we're in the goddamn internet age and once more we make progress that makes us a more freer and open-minded species. Yes they're a lot we still have to fix about ourselves and trying to conquer the world through a military sense or just the thought that the entire world could submit into a 1984 world of epic magnitude is utter pointless and stupid...............and the people won't put up with that.
Mercury-CroweFeatured By OwnerNov 26, 2012Professional Artisan Crafter
lmao unfortunately, we may have lots of weapons but we are very, very outnumbered. Sure, we can try and bend a few places to our will, but if we started trying to take out EVERYBODY we'd be trashed. No one military may rival us, but see what happens when half a dozen countries join forces and send their troops in.
I heard one of the guys working on a project to see if they could land a plane (something I'm sure the American military do for fun) on it actually had an heart attack and died when it they finally made it. Because in China things tend to go wrong more often than right.
Not at all. It took 14 years to put it into service after they bought it from the Ukraine, the hull is older then I am, and it's air-wing is half the size of a Nimitz-class carrier's not to mention our planes are better in every respect AND we have 11 supercarriers to their one Soviet carrier. The Chinese may have some projects such as their carrier-killer missile(still in development) that scare me, but their single second-hand Soviet-era carrier is not one of them.
Even if we tried, we would soon die. Going to war is not only a stupid thing to start with (given we are talking about dominance and not over anything worth-while), but it is suicide. First you have the loss of all other market shares and such, all the resources we obtain from them - that alone would cripple and kill us; secondly, we are too unorganized and capable of combat of suggested scale. We would fail, very badly.
I was watching a documentary about the Roman Empire and it said that it was there mastery of logistics that allowed them to conquer all that land and i was just wondering if the United States could, it was just a thought experiment.
America could potentially destroy the world but simply doesn't have the capacity to conquer it. Also America would get destroyed in the process as well due to Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD).
If we ignore WMDs and look only at conventional forces then again the US simply wouldn't be able to do it. The USA would have to fight on numerous fronts simultaneously and whilst you spend a similar amount to the rest of the world combined, you certainly don't have the manpower of the rest of the world combined.
The US government can barely sustain a war in the Middle East against corrupt, oppressive governments without growing dissatisfaction amongst the people, and globalization is making it harder and harder to demonize other countries. We can pick at all the dictators and totalitarian regimes we want, but without a valid reason for war the US population would never support invading a major state.
In reality... America up against one other country - Despite better everything can't win because America sucks at desert warfare. America up against ALL other countries - America would be bombed into a barren wasteland and so would every other nation on earth.