Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Who would you list as our top allies?

 I did a blog post where I stated that Ukraine was not an ally but rather a dependent (and they'll continue to be for at least 20 years unless we moderate our spending and get them on a different path).

It got me to thinking.

Who would you list as the USA's top allies (not in any particular order).

1.  Brits.

They're annoying at times.  You always get the impression that they think they're smarting than you are.  Constantly underfunded but damn hard fighters.  Better to have them with us than against us.

2.  Aussies.

Good fighters, great drinkers, always up for a good dustup.  Funniest fuckers I ever met.  Keep the beer flowing and you just point them at the enemy and you can trust that sector is secured.

3. S. Koreans.

These little bastards are hard as fuck!  Do painful shit just for fun (guess they're proving to their ancestors that they're worthy). For some strange reason they love the cold and cold water gives them woodies.  Awesome fighters...just keep the Japanese on the other side of the base...probably theater and you're good to go.

4.  French.

Kinda like the Brits but with a more rigid military code.  They love specialized units and are on a modernization kick. Give them wine, that weird hard bread they like and an afternoon nap and they're good to go.  Keep an eye on them when it comes to operations out of theater.  They get hit and they're gonna go rabid.

5. The Netherlands.

Tallest son of a bitches I ever saw in my life.  I'm running 6'2" and I ended looking up to lots of them (pretty damn unnerving too).  Love the cold.  Love the mountains.  Love to hike.  If we're in their environment then we let them lead the show.  Going big on modernization too.  

Not listed but considering circumstances I think are worthy would include....Italy, Spain, Poland (with reservation...I believe they have an agenda), Singapore, Brazil.

Honorable mention.  I know everyone is gonna ask about Israel. The problem is that unless we're acting in their defense, an operation out of area comes with unfortunate political baggage.

Additionally the focus of that force is solely on nation state defense (quite laudable considering the folly of intervention we've experience over the past 40 years).

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