I heard on television this weekend that there is a very real possibility that Russia and China are both closing the gap in regards to their air power and could even surpass the U.S. in a few years, which is a most frightening prospect to say the very least.
America has maintained global air superiority since World War II. We have been the unquestioned champion of the skies, with aircraft that so far exceeded those of any other nation, war planes with the capability to outmaneuver, outgun, out-bomb and outrun anything in the skies.
Not only do we have state-of-the-art planes today, but we have designs on the drawing board for even more mind-blowing aircraft for the future – innovation and advanced technology to keep the United States of America owning combat airspace for decades to come.
It's hard to believe that China, who came out of the industrial dark ages a few short decades ago, and Russia, whose failed century of communism brought them to the brink of total collapse in the 90’s, could even mount a challenge to American innovation, let alone know how, much less threaten, to surpass us in the near future.
And an even more appalling fact, while America spent billions on research and development, Russia and China obtained much of our hard won aeronautical research with cyber spying, patiently hacking their way into site after site and following the threads until they ended up on classified sites where the real information is stored.
If these two nations have advanced that far in air power, then what have they done in missile technology and heavy ground weapons?
And what is with America's seeming inability to stop the bleeding?
There are reasons, many having to do with Russia and China's rapid and complete immersion into cyber technology. Another reason is America's lax policies toward potential adversaries in the sharing, wittingly and unwittingly, of our newest technology.
Plus, we have an administration which seems to have a lackadaisical attitude toward America's superpower status and seems all too willing to sit in the back seat and let somebody else drive. Obama evidently has a totally different understanding of America's place in the world.
The rest of the world has basically walked all over Obama, tested him, dared him, defied him and seems to have little fear and even less respect for him. They crossed his red lines and tested his mettle with terrorist attacks on American soil. China is threatening expansionism, and Russia is already engaged in it, having gobbled up the Crimea and is well on its way to planting the Russian flag in Ukraine.
Many of our most experienced and battle savvy officers have been forced into retirement, and there is talk about lowering the recruiting standards of one of the most excellent branches of our military.
While military spending has been cut, the spending for entitlements and hundreds of social programs have gone ballistic.
There is an ongoing battle against the police departments across the country too, with what appears to be tacit acquiescence on behalf of the executive branch. Meanwhile, the long hidden terrorist cells are starting to surface.
It's obvious that somebody needs to do something. In fact, somebody needs to do a lot of things, and it just doesn't seem that our president has the will.
What do you think?
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Charlie Daniels is a legendary American singer, song writer, guitarist, and fiddler famous for his contributions to country and southern rock music. Daniels has been active as a singer since the early 1950s. He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on January 24, 2008.