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
I wish that journalists would research a bit before publishing sensationalism and become known as FAKE-NEWS, a tag that is not desired among decent people. Yesterday, there was an article in one of the British newspapers that “a pair of Royal Navy helicopters touched down on the four-acre flight deck of the ‘Big Lizzie’ (my word, what an insulting name but whatever), the Royal Navy’s £3.1 billion supercarrier.” Now I understand patriotism. Today is the 4th of July, my late wife’s country’s Independence Day and there cannot be a more patriotic woman than she in life. And I see the irony from whom they gained their independence too, the Brits, and then I read the above article. I wrote about the Queen Elizabeth carriers in Code Name Ghost, a book on maritime reconnaissance using quiet diesel-electric submarines and I revealed the new Chinese Naval Base at Walfish Bay, in Namibia, hidden and disguised as a container port. For the sake of posterity, let me quote to make my point, there is nothing “supercarrier” about the Queen Elizabeth Class, nothing: -
... The Royal Navy once led the way with aircraft carriers as the British Army did with tanks and Special Forces, and then lost it, completely, because of the turds in Whitehall rather giving themselves pay hikes instead of taking care of Her Majesty’s Forces (we call politicians of all inclinations “turds” in GMJ Books, they float in what they talk, GMJ). They would give money, serious amounts, hundreds of millions of pounds, to countries like India. Never mind that India stated flatly that they don’t need nor want the handouts, the country has its own space program, and yet, every year, same story. It is insane to say the least and mark my word, nothing will be done to stop the madness. There is nothing like a turd grinning for the cameras whilst wasting taxpayer money. The new Queen Elizabeth carriers are not true carriers in the American and French mode, they will operate and fly the Lockheed Martin F-35B, a Short Take-Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) aircraft. This is an airplane that cannot dogfight, has very limited range and weapon loads and is not stealthy to begin with (see Code Name Lucy, the Chinese Navy’s Aegis destroyers can track and shoot down the F-22 & F-35 at 200 plus miles if not more, Angelique). Sea Harriers would have made a much better choice, at least they were British and able to dogfight with the best but so it is, bad policy decisions designed to make the UK look bad.
It gets worse, I am sorry to say. In 2016, the fighting strength of the Royal Navy was a pathetic 24 ships, none of these were major vessels and to put this into perspective, the US Navy, always depending on their cousins to help out in whatever war they stumble into, has sixteen ships available for every single one that the Brits can bring to the fight. Truly, the Royal Navy is now seen as a joke by First World Countries, their likely enemy. There is no strategic reserve left, a major problem. Let me explain why in terms that we can all understand, a turd too - when the new Astute attack submarine, HMS Ambush collided with a merchant vessel close to Gibraltar her sail was badly damaged. Because of that she had to be withdrawn from patrols for repairs. Right? That one vessel being removed operationally meant an enormous (this is a crazy figure) 15% combat strength for the Royal Navy being gone, just like that. How in the world is that even possible? Fifteen percent gone with one warship out of commission? Oh my word, wake up! But sadly, it gets even worse.
In 2012, the Royal Navy stopped all permanent counter-piracy patrols off Somalia - leaving the US Navy to take their place. They had to admit defeat, they just could not continue anymore despite being the best fighting sailors known to man. Have no doubts, the US lads and other navies had a lot to say about allies not bringing their fair share to the party. We often read of NATO members not paying or spending 2% of their budgets on their militaries, and the UK does spend 2% but look where the money is going. This is like the kettle calling the pot black, the money is spent wrongly and in crap. The logical result now is that there is no way that the Royal Navy can prevent Argentina from retaking the Falklands. It is known to everyone that in 2016 the Royal Navy withdrew from the South Atlantic, after 34 years of starvation funds and few replacements they were broken. It is, notwithstanding my comments on enjoying their problems in life, extremely worrying to fair-minded men. I ask again, how is this even possible? You give money to countries disliking you whilst back at the ranch you are falling apart completely.
There is a fascinating historical perspective here. We are reminded of Hitler’s unbalanced Kriegsmarine of 1939… where the capital ships were not built as planned, thus making sure that those existing were fed piecemeal into the action and suffer defeat time and time. The problem is this, the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carriers will only have 12 to 24 F-35Bs on them simply because Whitehall bought only a total of 48 such aircraft where the ships could have carried 50 each. Logic thus would have demanded at least 150 aircraft to be bought or manufactured to ensure that some are spare etc. Thus, and this should shock you, the operational Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier steaming out to meet the enemy has less than half her designed allocation of aircraft on board or if a full load, then only one carrier can be operational, the other one is without fighter protection, lol. This is because that what is available, the miserable 48 F-35Bs, are split between the two ships and because training must carry on, maintenance etc., almost certainly only 12 F-35B aircraft will be on such a carrier where there should have been four times more by design. I hope that you get the picture. A US carrier, for instance, will never leave harbour without 60 to 90 aircraft on board and in a carrier group of 3 - 4 destroyers and guided missile cruisers, a nuclear submarine or two, and several supply ships because the carrier alone is extremely vulnerable. Unless you have layered defences around the carrier, other ships spreading out and adding much needed defensive and offensive firepower, the attackers will get that carrier every single time as is proven in war.
The new carriers cannot even claim quantity because her main offensive and defensive weapon, the F-35 fighter, is in its totality a failure of design concept, that aircraft will lose any fight against a Fourth-Generation aircraft. What is more, the Queen Elizabeths will never be able to keep up with the Yanks, being diesel powered, not nuclear and short ranged. They are further, this is interesting, in the same size and category as the much-ridiculed current Russian and Chinese carriers (Supercarriers eh? Wake up! GMJ). For some reason, the Russian and Chinese carriers are seen as the joke though. It puzzled me, there is no doubt who will win the dogfights if such a clash ever takes place, the Sukhois will destroy the F-35B easily, it is proven in tests, and then what? How long before the aircraft carriers are sunk? It is mess created entirely by the British turds. ... (From Code Name Ghost).
Another point, ask yourself why a carrier type of warship exist – offensive only, to bring the war to another country’s shores. They are not used for defending your own shores. Accordingly, you may say with certainty that any country wanting and maintaining carriers are looking for places to attack as we have seen since the 1940s the US Navy doing. I am reminded of what the British hero said once: “We should not be able to agree here in attacking countries which have not molested us because we dislike their totalitarian form of government. I do not know if there is more freedom Stalin’s Russia or Franco’s Spain. I have no intension to seek a quarrel with either of them.” Winston S Churchill in a letter to US President FD Roosevelt, wanting to attack Fascist Spain in 1944
Que Vadis Vietnam? Iraq? Somalia? Libya? Syria and more than 60 other sovereign nations destabilised by the CIA since 1948? What the hell went wrong with the United States? None of this was in the name of freedom but greed and arrogance! Just terrible leadership since Mr Eisenhower warned on the Merchants of Death. How many more must die? Where are your values you were once so famous for?
Do you know that when the South African Navy’s new frigates, and they are deadly, stealthy and often written into my books, were ordered from Germany, Nelson Mandela refused to have cruise missiles fitted to them although they were designed to have such weapons? His reason? Offensive weapons, no need for them. You can learn a lot from the type of weapons a country invests in. But if you wish to worry about something, start wondering why China is building their own carriers and by the way, they have all the escort ships needed and one on one, better in technology than what either the US or NATO can field. Yes, research, the US Navy’s dominance is long not assured anymore – see also Code Name Lucy for the Roosevelt-Dreadnought Principle, an assessment so severe that no US based media group wanted to publish it.
After I wrote the previous blog on explaining the complex relationship between the Afrikaner, my tribe, and the USA (When the Beacon of Freedom is on Fire) I was asked a good question by someone I trust: “Since in your opinion there is not one well trained group, military etc. in the US, then why are we still standing as a strong nation and no one has come on and just taken over?”
Let me clarify first. I said in many of my books that statistics show me that the Green Berets (Delta excluded) as well as the US Navy SEALs (Team Six excluded) are low percentage units with a Selection failure rate of 65% and 80% respectively - that is lower than our own 90% – 95%, period and not good enough. This means in practise that if you should bring 10 of your SEALs and 10 of your Green Berets... when we have finished the South African Army Special Forces Selection course, all 10 of ours will still be there and so will 6 Green Berets and 8 SEALs. What does that tell you about standards? They are too low and the time will come when those men that made it will not cope and let their mates down, simple facts, they should not be there. Then, I do not respect US Police SWAT teams (not even the FBI HRT), I find them mostly Mickey Mouse in training, selection and operational procedure. Any SWAT team waiting 4 hours to move in on a lone terrorist inside a night club, is pathetic and I can show many other such examples too. The same goes for the US Secret Service and the Clinton Whitewash Bureau (FBI to you) that had an acknowledged leaker as Director, my word, no further comment is even needed but it is discussed in various GMJ Books why I have the above views, with examples. Then I often write on perception, where I said a line drawn in the sand without a Marine Division behind it, is just that, a line in the sand and a joke. But let us look at things from what we do know to be facts and kindly remember, when it comes to counter insurgency and counter terrorism, urban and rural, I know enough to be classified as an expert, my non-fiction books on this subject is respected and widely read, my opinion is valued. I have a few questions of my own, which will clarify my views, I hope, and I am not going to give answers although I know the answers as well as anyone reading here, they are in my books or widely available:
Who appointed America as policeman of the world? Show me your mandate from the UN to illegally overthrow more than 60 nations with CIA help. Show me where you have any legal right to attack other nations at will with your military.
Show me your track record wherever you have intervened, mostly illegally so. Show me your successes if any, and explain to me Vietnam and Iraq. Tell me why both those wars, costing hundreds of thousands of lives, started off on fake reason – the Gulf of Tonkin incident that never actually happened, and the Iraqi “weapons of mass destruction” fear that never actually existed?
Where have you ever not run away for home and leaving chaos behind? Showing to the world that if you suffer a few casualties, your Democrats will start abusing your servicemen and your President even where they voted for their war in the first place. And then you withdraw, running for home, yet another defeat.
Where have your trained militias not broke and run away? Wherever they face those opposing them and you, they run away. It is a standing joke for us from Afghanistan to Chechia and before that, Vietnam.
Explain to me Syria. What are you doing in Syria? A place where you are illegally under international law acting as pirates and criminals from a legal viewpoint. At the same time, why are we still not shown any impartial evidence of Sarin gas use by the Assad Government that led to the failed, yes failed, April 2017 cruise missile attack – an act of war, by the way, and the Assad Government (not regime) is the legal UN recognised government of that country. What will you do when Russia shoots your aircraft down which can easily happen since they, not you, have the best SAM systems in the world deployed there? You don’t have any QME (Qualitative Military Edge or technological advance) left. It is a myth as you would know if you bother to read my books, books which I invite you to research factually. You are lacking almost everywhere in military technology and yet you believe your own Merchants of Death, read my books why I say so.
Explain to me Libya, a country that paid compensation for the Lockerbie bomb and became an ally in the War on Terror, yet to be attacked and today, what do we have? A country in chaos creating terrorists to kill you. What message does this send out when you attack and destroy an ally and all in the name of what? Counter Terrorism? Freedom? Democracy? What? Read Code Name Anika to see what damage Hillary R Clinton did to the War on Terror by killing Gadhafi.
Tell me, how many terrorists are you creating with a 96.5% failure rate in drone strikes, those that you are so proud about? Do you know that every time that you murder, not kill, murder, 2 civilians, women and children, for every terrorist you kill, you create a new one willing to kill you in return in your homeland? This is the most pathetic counter terrorism record in the history of warfare, period. You are losing!
Explain to me the Pentagon’s outright lies. In my books, I exposed so many that it is now common knowledge that a US Military Officer is no gentleman, he cannot speak the truth and for what reason? Fear? Shenanigans? Dishonourable behaviour? What? What message is send out when such lies are exposed in the media as they are.
Explain to me why Bill Clinton attacked a medicine factory with cruise missiles, hitting nothing, but doing so to get attention away from Monica Lewinsky, and then think we are too stupid to see this.
I can ask you hundreds of the above questions and they are all discussed in my books, these are historical facts, not fiction. They are asked every single day of those recruiting new terrorists to attack you wherever they can find you. Perception is not only important in counter terrorism, it is everything. I mentioned this in my books numerous times. I use the example of a Barrack Obama hastily drawing a line and a mean looking Vladimir Putin on a judo mat, black belt, waiting to pounce. Who do you think is respected most even if by fear as you say? Do you know that NATO admitted that Russia can overrun them in a few days? Do you know that NATO admitted that the Russian Air Force did more in a few months in Syria than what the USAF and their mates could do in years? Yes, research, facts, they said that officially and yet, no one else is seeing Russia wanting to attack Europe except the warmongers still living in the Cold War but then again, I explain the real reasons in my Intelligence Briefing, a briefing which is so important that it is free of charge on my website and in many books. Download it and see why I am saying what I am saying.
To answer you, why you are still standing? In a few words, you are damn lucky. You only attack weaker nations with your low percentage military, never a Super Power or First World able to counter attack you, from them you stay far away and your bluff is called, every time. Which brings me back to the first question, who appointed you as policeman of the world? What makes you say that you are the leader of the free world and then, when we look to you for leadership, we find the above disasters? Let there be no doubt, if you dare to attack your own size, Russia, China, even us on a limited scale, the war will come home and in my opinion, you will lose such a war rather badly. The cruise missiles will strike you from all sides and you will experience what you meted out and no, you obese citizens with their AR-15s will not, never, stop armour or professional soldiers with air superiority. If you care to read my books, and the Intelligence Briefing, you will note that you are already surrounded, your sea routes can be cut instantly and will be. You exist because you attack the right people, like a bully, taking on those that can only respond by terrorism and not conventional war. You want to play the “good guys, please love us” and yet, what is there to love when you act like you do?
I discussed this very aspect in several books, Code Name Ghost is one, I think, because in counter terrorism it is about perception as I said before. You cannot in this day and age, of mass communication, be caught out as saying one thing and doing another. You are as a nation hated in certain parts of the world, and yet, there was a time, when you were loved. There was a time, a long time, when your inherent goodness came out to the fore and you could claim the moral victory for standing up for what is good and decent. Now where are you? Self-destructing with a mainstream media hell-bound to destroy an elected President with constant lies being published as facts. What message does this send to us, about whom you claim to be “the leader of the free world.” If you want that title, self-acclaimed as is, then expect to be looked at critically. Don’t be surprised or hurt or defensive when you find men like me saying: “Hey, wake up! Look at the facts, you are not as wonderful as you think, be warned, you are heading for disaster. Smell the coffee before it is too late!” And I know many see this as being anti-American, whatever, yet many more do not, they see the value of mistakes being pointed out, of warnings delivered even if ignored. Sometimes I feel like Winston Churchill in the 1930s, not listened to and unlike Sir Winston, I will never be asked to sort the mess created since the 1990s out. Note, the world is fed-up with America and you are living on borrowed time unless you get your act sorted out. Simply put, your Military is not good enough to cash the pay checks your politicians are writing, it worries me. I have no desire to see you humiliated further as you are now. I remember what you once were, the beacon of freedom.
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.