One of the best books to come out of the Vietnam Era was by Ernest Spencer, Welcome to Vietnam, Macho Man, and in it, if I recall correctly twenty odd years later, he asked if you noticed that a man that does not want to give you bad news always avoids looking at your eyes or coming up with the facts? I am looking you right in the eye here. American Military Might – Debunked is brutally frank and to the point. I started the very first sentence of the book by stating flatly: “I know how controversial this book will be to many readers, upsetting even and I want it to be known that neither this book nor my views inside it, are to be construed as an outright hostile attack on American Servicemen, not at all.”
Yet, I can tell you, of all the books I wrote before and what may be written in the future, this is the one book which must be read because it is an ominous warning – I clearly state that the QME or the “Qualitative Military Edge Doctrine” so beloved in the US and other places, the entire NATO and Western Military Sphere, is a myth. I go further and say that politicians, especially in the White House, are writing checks that the US Military cannot cash anymore. This is shocking, make no mistake since the QME is something that every US General, Admiral, Congressman, Senator, President and Citizen hold as the holy grail of American Military Power and have been doing so for many years. It is in simplified terms that the US Military have better technology and better training and because of this, they will have the edge against any numerically superior enemy, i.e. Russia or China. But there is no QME anymore, period. The reverse is true. The rest of the world not only caught up with you technology wise but overtook you in many fields, very important ones. I will prove this statement time after time in this book, American Military Might – Debunked. I say again, the QME is a myth. It does not matter whether you admire “Made in America” products or not, the question is: “What is the best right now?” It is not a subjective opinion but objective, i.e. “Is the Hellfire anti-tank missile the best in the world? Yes or No?” Answer: “No, the South African Denel Dynamics Makopa (aka ZT6) is better in every possible way and being sold to your enemies” – this is what this book is about and what you should know and don’t know, yet, you almost certainly have not heard of it before).
I also made sure that the reader clearly understands that the accountability and responsibility for what are revealed in this book do not lie with the men and women on the ground but with those sending young Americans to battle with inferior weapons. I use numerous examples from my previous books where I tried to warn, numerous checkable facts. Prepare to be stunned and to be disturbed by what is revealed. The more I researched, the more I realised the truth and I believed in the QME Myth once – I too believed that NATO would have had air superiority in the 1980s. I was wrong, see Code Name Blue Tang what came out in that regard, I am still shaking my head – NATO never had air superiority guaranteed against the Soviets but you can read my reasons for saying this yourself, they are repeated in this book.
In our own sphere, we certainly had the QME. We won every encounter because we were better trained and equipped (mostly), that simple. But what do you do when you lose that advantage? Historically, you then are facing defeat as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow, you will be defeated on the battlefield, end of story. However, I sincerely hope that in the future this book will be proven wrong, the conclusions wrong and the statistics changed around by hard work to reflect the way I want them to reflect, positive to the West and NATO (including the USA). But for now, 2017, the numbers are not positive. The US Military is not as powerful as the myth says and if this myth is called, and it very well might be in the future, what then? Let us stop the patriotic chatter and look at facts realistically. To do this, I took selected parts from my other books to highlight what is happening right now. The very first chapter is dedicated to perception and counter terrorism, you will then understand, I hope, how dangerous it is to write checks that cannot be cashed. You look weak and thus open for attack, it is already happening. I assure you, your many enemies across the world are looking for any weakness and finding a great many. It really is of crucial importance to understand how perception can damage you or save you and currently the negative perception is very damaging, the Obama years were frankly a disaster for counter terrorism. This too I will highlight and albeit described in places in a fictional way, the conclusions and the history are totally true, not fiction. That is what is said among intelligence analysts but not loud enough.
Some readers will react furiously and others will cheer, that is the nature of a book like this, there is no neutrality here and should be none. It is infuriating to me, every death is because of wrong tactics, Generals unable to cope and too proud to admit so – the answer is not, repeat not, a “surge” but to wake up and understand counter terrorism / counter insurgency. If you cannot get the job done with a few thousand men, you have already lost the war and should go home. Nothing good will come further from using soldiers as live bait or killing two innocents for every known terrorist and then you don’t know what precision strikes are, the drones have a success rate of 3.5%, that is beyond pathetic. The nonsense sprouting from the Pentagon and White House is not believed anymore, you have lost the high moral standing you claim, years ago and I use many examples why I say so.
During my research, I found a worrying reluctance to face hard facts from most Westerners. You find individuals, they are deplorable, unable to debate other views than their own. Historically that is typically a liberal left-wing liability, unless you agree, you will be called names and slandered - anything from homophobia, islamophobia, racist, right-wing, conservative, whatever sounds good and is insulting. The right-wingers and more conservative people than liberals, go for the “patriotic” type of argument not based on facts and easily disproved when objectively looked at. You need more than spending money wildly, a lot more. The final question though, when the personal insults are dismissed as opinions is this: “Objectively speaking, am I wrong in what I have to say to you? Yes? or No?” That can only be answered after the book is read
George M James
George M James is a pseudo name for the author and used for security reasons. He is an expert on counter terrorism and counter insurgency operations in sub Saharan Africa, a military and war historian and published author of 43 books. His late wife was an American Patriot that served with the U.S. Navy. His books are widely read among military veterans of many nations.