I have written about this before, but the Taliban is actively proving it on the world stage right now.
About one-third of the Afghan Air Force’s 160 aircraft can no longer fly because they lack spare parts since the United States withdrew its contractors from the country, Afghan lawmaker Haji Ajmal Rahmani reportedly said during a recent webinar sponsored by the State Department Correspondents Association.
The Afghan Air Force has also run out of laser-guided precision munitions, Rahmani said.
The Taliban has also launched a concerted effort to assassinate Afghan pilots, potentially depriving the Kabul government of the one military advantage it has.
So the Taliban is not shooting Afghan jet fighters out of the sky in dogfights.
They are shooting pilots and trained repair technicians on the ground when the planes land to rearm.
Also note the lack of parts available to repair the aircraft.
So extrapolate that to the US.
Those parts are made in factories in America and shipped by truck to Air Force facilities.
Those are supply lines that are vulnerable to sabotage and attack.
So are the pilots and repair crew.
America has not fought a war since 1865 where our domestic military manufacturing capacity was vulnerable to attack.
The generals and politicians are saying they can trounce us because they have drones and jet fighters and tanks, and we don’t.
At the same time the Taliban is defeating the US military supplied Afghan Army with AKs.
This is why we lost Afghanistan after 20 years of combat, our military leaders are arrogant morons.
Which, honestly, is good news if they ever decide to turn the US military against us (and don’t say that won’t happen, just look Down Under right now for that).