I take it then you approve of operations in Afghanistan?
Originally Posted by Nova
I'm confused. What do you mean by "standing army"? If the Regular Army meets that definition, we have had one since the civil war.
Since then, we've maintained a standing army and lost nearly every operation we've attempted (mainly Vietnam and Iraq).
I am an army career counselor; my duties at times require retention of soldiers and acquiring new ones. I don't think there would be that many volunteers.
Let's say we got rid of our standing army and sent everyone home. Instead, we had various rag-tag militias all across the United States, funded by their own state/local governments. Let's say Russia declared war on us with a surprise attack akin to Pearl Harbor.
We'd declare war that day and we'd start drafting people - most people would volunteer.
Planes these days have greater range, and can carry more destructive payloads. I doubt much of our industry would survive long enough to be retooled and produce modern equipment.
We'd direct our economy to building tanks, ships, etc just like in WWII.
History shows this doesn't work well. Were it not for the federal mandate and federal funding, do you really think that a state militia would be to par with the current Guard and Regular components?
We'd obviously have a lot of state/local militias that own their own planes, weapons, and equipment.
But it is not reasonable for them to show up with with a machine gun (not the same thing as an automatic weapon) body armor, night vision, gas mask, and a slew of other gear used on a modern battlefield. While some of us may have the means to invest tens of thousands of dollars on individual equipment, most do not.
All of the people on this forum spend money on handguns and rounds, voluntarily, to provide for their own safety. It's not that crazy to picture yourself voluntarily buying an automatic weapon and ammo for it, meeting up with a legal militia on the weekends and doing drills, like the National Guard. 2 weekends a month, 1 month a year or whatever.
Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG) are significantly different from Stinger guided anti-aircraft missiles. These missiles were provided by the U.S. along with a whole bunch of other equipment, training, and funding. Prior to U.S. involvement, they weren't doing so well.
How did the Mujahideen defeat the USSR? A bunch of rag-tag nobodies against the 2nd most powerful nation on earth? They shot down some helicopters with precision RPGs. We could certainly do better than that.
Your point however is valid in that a motivated and dedicated force with limited equipment can render a better equipped force unwilling to continue to fight.
Would this not be the function of the IRS and FBI rather than the army?
The thing I don't feel safe with is a massive Federal Government pointing a gun at me if I don't pay my income tax to fund abortion, war, and whatever godless activities they have concocted next.