What country poses the greatest military threat to the United States today?
Back during the Cold War days, it was obvious that the Russians and the United States were the most powerful countries in the world, and that the Russians were the biggest military threat to the United States. Today, it's not so obvious.
Who do you think poses the biggest military threat to the US today? Is it still Russia, with their stockpile of nukes? Is it China? Iran, with their suicidal leadership? What do you think is the biggest threat?
I think China represents our greatest threat in a regional sense.
What I mean is: if we move against Iran, it is my belief that China will feel it's oil supply threatened. China's economy is growing by leaps and bounds. It's need for oil products for commerce and production has grown tremendously over the last 10-15 years. Their primary provider is Iran.
In a "Regional context", I beleive they will move military forcesw to their boarder and start very serious saber rattling, posibly moving to engage our troops if we put boots on the ground in Iran.
Further, if Israel moves to strike Irans nuclear facilities, I believe China will become involved politically through the United Nations, and Militarily by amassing force and threat.
I think hands down that China can be a very big future problem for us, our safety and our economy.
By numbers, some militaries might appear comparable. China for instance has a huge army, so does North Korea, but in terms of a strike capacity (the offensive ability to bring violence to an opponent) no military in the world is even close to the US military. Neither Russia or China have much of a naval strike capacity. The Russian Army is still a large and modern force with lots of ground weapons. China has a large Army but not as many ground weapons. Both China and Russia are considered to have very good Air Forces. The final necessary component for a strike capability, which is often overlooked, is logistics. Again, no one in the world even comes close to the American's ability to move material and supplies to troops in combat zones.
Iran has a defensive posture, so are only a threat if we attack them. They don't really have a chance in a straight up military fight, but they are a much more capable opponent than Iraq was and are also armed with some of the most advanced anti-ship missiles in the world (courtesy of Russia).
China is rapidly expanding its military and is starting to develop a strike capability, but they aren't ready yet, and they really have nothing to gain and everything to lose by getting into a tussle with America. Yes, they need energy, but they can more easily use their economic clout to get access to energy than they can their military. That still doesn't mean they wouldn't get involved in defending Iran. At some point they will say enough is enough.
Which leaves Russia. It is hard to say what they will do if Iran is attacked, but it is entirely possible they will respond, especially with Putin back in charge. That I think could present a legitimate threat to American forces in the region.
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