Just lately the US military co-hosted the Strong Europe Tank Challenge, the {first of its kind since the end of the cold war. It was no doubt an effort to showcase the overwhelming superiority of American militaries, and to provide NATO’s combined front to Russia. Regrettably, the only point the US military succeeded to display was its own incompetence.

Tank platoons from Denmark, Slovenia, Germany, Italy, Poland, and the United States were uneven towards each other in a range of wargames at the Grafenwoehr Training Area in Germany. Throughout the three day function, the games analyzed these tank crews with both offensive and defensive techniques, obstacle courses, simulated chemical weapon assaults, medical emergencies, IED’s, and the recognition of friendly and unfriendly objectives.

Sadly the US tank crews didn’t win. In reality, in spite of being the only nation to provide two tank platoons ratherthan of one, the US didn’t actually place. Germany ended up coming in first place, implemented by Denmark and Poland.

As Popular Mechanics mentioned, this wasn’t the first time that the Armor Branch of the US Army has been to humiliated. During a latest competition in the US, a North Carolina National Guard tank platoon with a crew that contained an insurance adjuster, a truck driver, a college student, and an ambitious cop, managed to beat all contenders which include active duty tank platoons together with the US Army, Marine Corps, and the Canadian Army.

Most observers and commenters of these types of events appear to agree on one thing. That the US Army placed so poorly due to the fact it has lost its edge. After more than a ten years of fighting terrorists and insurgents, the US military is quite rusty when it shows up to conventional warfare. Again, in respect to Popular Mechanics:

For many years, the U.S. Army’s Armor Corps was a pillar of land strength expected to fight the tank forces of Soviet Union upon the European battlefield. After 9/11, with the difference of the invasion of Iraq, fighting alleged “high intensity conflict” had taken a back seat to fighting insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan. While the majority of other countries included in the Strong Tank Challenge also provided ground forces to both countries, their dedication mainly allowed their tankers to keep oriented on training and operation similar to more traditional tank missions-i.e. battling in big wars towards other tanks.

The outcome in both competitions echo latest comments madeby Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley and published in last Sunday’s New York Times. Milley stated, “Today, a major in the Army knows nothing but fighting terrorists and guerrillas, because he came into the Army after 9/11. But as we get into the higher-end threats, our skills have atrophied over 15 years.”

Maybe this will be a wake up call to the fellow member states of NATO. The US military isn’t all that in a position of defending them from Russia nowadays. Our government talks a big talk and carries on to be belligerent to Russia, but can’t back it up on the battlefield.

The US has turn into the international equivalent of an unconfident bully. You know, the kind of guy who verbal abuse people and says he knows karate when they get upset. That’s our government. We warned and issue demands to every nation that doesn’t bow to us. We strut around this planet as if we have the baddest and most deadly military on the planet; one that can back up our threats. But obviously we don’t have that military any longer. All we do is begin fights that we can’t finish, and the nations of Europe better understand that before we pull them into a war with Russia.

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