After Monday’s event to announce the rollout of the new ETI think tank, retired Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, president of the National Defense Industrial Association, repeated a well-known joke that China was the actual winner of America’s 20-year global war on terrorism.

“While we were spending trillions of dollars and all of our innovative spirit in [the Middle East], they were studying us. They were studying everything we did,” he said. “The chief of staff of the Chinese air force told me, ‘We watched what you did and we did everything in our power to counter every advantage you have.’”

Pentagon must pick up the pace to counter China, top general warns

This is what happens when you are a conquered, occupied country that has your military power used in the interest of the occupying power.

The Pentagon Brass engaged in rational self-interest and kissed up to the powerful, pissed down on the powerless, and did what they could to ingratiate themselves to the occupiers and position themselves to cash out after retirement by joining the “private defense sector” thus acquiring generational wealth.

Perverse incentives, perverse behavior. As President George W. Bush informed us, the Constitution is just a piece of paper. Pledging your loyalty to the Constitution is just as meaningless as pledging your loyalty to God. Both the Constitution and God say whatever you want them to say.

Ultimately, the real loyalty is to Mammon, the real God and the real Constitution.

Do a simple experiment. Go stand on the street corner and try to pass out Constitutions and Bibles. You will find few takers.

Start handing out money – you will become the most popular person on the block in no time.

Money talks, bullshit walks.

The US military is loyal to their paychecks, and nothing else. They will shoot whomever they are paid to shoot.

Including Americans, without the slightest hesitation.

What If the US Lost a War and Nobody Noticed?

The U.S. should refrain from fighting the next war because we’ve already lost, long before even one shot has been fired.

The source for this ultra-defeatist news is not just a teacher at a sailor’s college, sited on a salty bay. No, the source is no less than a serving, 4-star general whose job title is Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. … The U.S. military conducted a major wargame last fall and “it failed miserably,” said U.S. Air Force Gen. John Hyten earlier this week.

According to a Pentagon spokesperson, one key scenario of this wargame involved U.S. forces battling with China over Taiwan. From Hyten’s summary, U.S. forces became sitting ducks and were destroyed piecemeal and systematically.

The overarching problem was, basically, everything. … the issue was the very essence of how the U.S. military forms strategic concepts and conducts operations.

Per Hyten, in last fall’s war game, “We basically attempted an information-dominance structure, where information was ubiquitous to our forces. Just like it was in the first Gulf War, just like it has been for the last 20 years, just like everybody in the world, including China and Russia, have watched us do for the last 30 years.”

But the so-called “blue team” (meaning U.S. and allied forces) lost access to communications and data networks almost immediately. Satellites went away. Seafloor cables were cut. Bandwidth died. In general, it was impossible to utilize the electromagnetic environment, and within moments nobody could talk with anybody.

According to Hyten, “in today’s world, with hypersonic missiles, with significant long-range fires coming at us from all domains, if you’re aggregated and everybody knows where you are, you’re vulnerable.”

Opposing forces wrecked the entire complex of U.S. logistics. Rear bases came under fire, while aircraft and ships at sea were targeted by long-range missiles. There’s just no hiding anymore from people with sufficient technology to find you.

It’s not overstating to say that, in this one wargame, far from home the U.S. lost vast numbers of people and equipment. In real world terms, think of casualty numbers in the tens of thousands. Of entire bases obliterated. Of hundreds of airplanes lost. Of dozens of ships sunk. And that’s just in the first few days.

Afghanistan was not so much a 20-year war for America, as a one-year war fought 20 times by a corps of officers, senior non-commissioned officers and civilian government personnel and contractors who made careers out of it.

Come the next real war, U.S. forces won’t own space or the skies. Won’t run the electromagnetic spectrum. Won’t have unfettered communications. Won’t control logistics. Won’t have good targeting data. Won’t have air supremacy, let alone sea supremacy or undersea dominance. And many of the expensive weapon systems simply won’t work in the degraded environment.