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Sohu: infection hit US military operations overseas

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The pandemic of a new infection threatens the old scale of US military activity abroad. About this writes the Chinese edition of Sohu, analyzing the bleak prospects of American politics in the foreseeable future.


The United States up to the present time is the leader among states in the number of troops and military facilities located outside its territory. American warships, land units, aviation, radar stations are located literally in all parts of the world. But now the US military presence in many regions of the world has been threatened, and not Russia or China, but a viral disease has suspended the activity of the American military machine.

In the Pacific, 4 aircraft carriers of the US Navy were isolated due to quarantine measures. There are sailors infected with coronavirus on ships. Since the ships are enclosed spaces, the number of infected people is only growing, and they do not know how to prevent the general morbidity among the personnel of ships in sailing in the US Navy command. The only way out is to declare quarantined ships, but this actually eliminates their importance as combat units for the entire period of the fight against coronavirus.

According to Sohu, the USPACOM, the Indo-Pacific Command of the US Armed Forces, which submits to almost all the US Navy, Air Force and Ground Forces located in the Asia-Pacific region, is most affected by the spread of the virus. It was the Pacific Navy ships that became the first foci of the spread of coronavirus in the US navy.

The USPACOM structure includes the US Pacific Fleet, the US Marine Corps Command in the Pacific, the US Air Force Command in the Pacific, the US Army Command in the Pacific, the US Command in Korea, the US Command in Japan, the Special Forces Command operations in Korea; and Pacific Special Operations Command.


The US Navy aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt was the first ship of its class to launch a real coronavirus epidemic among personnel. This led to a scandal that swept the entire US fleet and led to the resignation of the head of the naval department.

Aircraft carrier commander Brett Crozier wrote a report asking for emergency assistance, after which Acting Secretary of the U.S. Navy Thomas Modley accused the officer of raising an unreasonable panic and dismissed him. But there was such a wave of indignation in American society, supported by leading media that in a few days, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper accepted the resignation of the acting Navy Minister Thomas Modley.

Of course, such turbulent events in the leadership of the Navy do not contribute to the already deteriorating combat effectiveness of the US Navy and the armed forces as a whole. Which is especially significant for the military-political interests of the United States, the ships and units deployed in strategically important areas of the Asia-Pacific region are affected by the epidemic. Everyone understands that they are there to ensure the protection of American interests in the global confrontation with China. A decrease in US military activity in the Asia-Pacific region will inevitably lead to a change in the balance of forces in the region and to a significant strengthening of China.

There is another reason for the decline in US military activity. Now President Donald Trump is throwing all his strength and resources into the fight against the epidemic. Military personnel are also involved in the fight against the virus, and to conduct various events the American authorities need more and more soldiers and officers. But huge contingents are located outside the country. Naturally, someone will be transferred to the United States. Washington will also face a dull prospect of reducing funding for defense, especially a foreign military presence.


The armed forces cannot be imagined without military medicine, without units of chemical and biological protection, but now they are much more needed inside the United States itself than outside. The redistribution of appropriate equipment, protective equipment and medicines will also take place.

In Europe, due to insufficient US assistance, after the epidemic we should expect a new wave of reflection on the advisability of an American military presence in European countries. After all, as practice has shown, tens of thousands of American soldiers stationed in the same Italy, Spain or Germany do not really help if a real threat to European security arises. So US activity will decline not only in the Asia-Pacific region, but also in Europe.
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  1. sanik2020
    sanik2020 April 9 2020 11: 49 New
    +5
    Yes, they will not pay off the coronavirus with gold or dollar.
    Who knows, it may happen that their soldiers will return to a completely empty country, unless of course there is someone to return to.
    1. Ilya-spb
      Ilya-spb April 9 2020 12: 01 New
      +3
      And hit well!

      Minus aircraft carrier.

      More precisely, his crew. But the crew did not prepare a new day or two! Even if reservists call.
      1. Ros 56
        Ros 56 April 9 2020 14: 26 New
        0
        So not just one aircraft carrier, but like five, I can not vouch for accuracy.
    2. den3080
      den3080 April 9 2020 12: 31 New
      +3
      Quote: sanik2020
      After all, as practice has shown, tens of thousands of American soldiers stationed in the same Italy, Spain or Germany do not really help

      Well, how does it not help? They even help, all over the world ... the spread of coronavirus - they go around brothels during dismissal, thump in local bars and other places where it is bad. In general, they work tirelessly ... :)
  2. Freemason Mason
    Freemason Mason April 9 2020 11: 49 New
    -1
    Yes, yes, they also forgot to add that soon the dollar will collapse and the United States will fall apart. A smart Chinese monkey will sit on a tree and become the new world leader. I hasten to reassure our Chinese "friends": the current world order will continue for a very long time, because there is no country that can really challenge the United States on the world stage. Only the USSR was capable of this, and China was so far from the former Union.

    Not tired of quoting this Chinese Zen Suhu yet? Or in VO rule: who writes more colorful about the imminent and inevitable end of the USA, will get a big tasty candy? smile
    1. Mebius
      Mebius April 9 2020 11: 56 New
      -4
      Quote: Freemason
      Yes, yes, they forgot to add that soon the dollar will collapse and the United States will fall apart

      Do you hope that Russia will collapse? Do not wait!
      Oh how do you hayet on the Internet ..
      1. Lipchanin
        Lipchanin April 9 2020 12: 00 New
        -1
        Quote: Mobius
        Oh how do you hayet on the Internet ..

        "Hard words break no bones"
      2. Freemason Mason
        Freemason Mason April 9 2020 12: 02 New
        +6
        And what about Russia? It was about China and the USA. But if you are interested, no, I don’t want and never wanted the collapse of Russia, although I believe, as well as the majority of Russian citizens, that we need to change and develop a lot
        1. Mebius
          Mebius April 9 2020 13: 55 New
          -2
          Quote: Freemason
          And what about Russia? It was about China and the USA.

          Well, don’t tell me, here any news is somehow always connected with Russia, we are still a world power, and not just a gas station in the west .. Or do you disagree? (You can not answer, and so it is clear)
          Quote: Freemason
          It’s interesting for you - no, I don’t want and never wanted the collapse of Russia, although I believe, like the majority of Russian citizens, that we need to change and develop a lot

          Russia in its history is constantly changing externally, but in our hearts we remain faithful to ourselves and we are building to step under the Western democratic tune. We are not going to the abyss ..
          We speak different languages ​​.. I’m not a blogger from some remote places, but I have not forgotten how to think. So that they wouldn’t try to drive me into the brain with our club about democracy and Western values ​​..
          I want Stalin, and not just me, to disperse you and expel your gorlopans from Russia as a seven-banker in the 90s ..
          I am for a strong Russia and do not care who and what ..?
    2. Lopatov
      Lopatov April 9 2020 12: 22 New
      +7
      Quote: Freemason
      the current world order will continue for a very long time, since there is no country capable of really challenging the United States on the world stage.

      You do not forget that the current "world order" was established thanks in part to China. It was he who was an ally of the United States in the fight against the USSR.

      Now, on the eve of the struggle with China, the Americans managed to quarrel with Russia. Instead of acting smart, as Brzezinski originally proposed (Russia as an ally). Well, or according to the “not entirely clever”, as Brzezinski suggested when he realized that American political elites have little “smart” brains (Russia, the USA and China are equally equidistant)

      So I would not be so categorical ... The main threat to the current "world order" is not China but American stupidity.
    3. fk7777777
      fk7777777 April 9 2020 12: 22 New
      +1
      But how did you forget to mention the Orthodox Jews ?, and then suddenly ...
    4. AU Ivanov.
      AU Ivanov. April 9 2020 12: 25 New
      -3
      Is China far from the Union? Yes, China almost the whole world planted its goods, and only its vassals used Soviet technology.
      1. Freemason Mason
        Freemason Mason April 9 2020 13: 46 New
        0
        Goods yes. But technologically, China is far behind the Union (with a reservation on the time frame, of course). Almost everything that China produces in large quantities - for the most part, is invented in Western countries, in particular in the USA. Stop the influx of new technologies - and that’s all, the end of their economy, as all this consumer goods has the property of quickly becoming obsolete. And factories for the production of iPhones, in which case you can transfer to India
        1. AU Ivanov.
          AU Ivanov. April 9 2020 14: 01 New
          -1
          The Chinese have one feature - they can copy. They very quickly reproduce other people's technologies, without hesitation in copyright infringement. They have very well established industrial espionage, thanks to the large Chinese diaspora in the West. And now they have their own technology school is growing.
          1. Freemason Mason
            Freemason Mason April 9 2020 14: 10 New
            -1
            Time will tell, maybe you were right, but so far I see that China is just copying, and copying badly: look at their planes, for example. Until now, things with the words "made in USA" are more expensive and valued more than things made on the Xerox. Let me give you an example with New Balance sneakers - people buy models made in the USA, if possible, although they cost about ~ 300 $ against Chinese for ~ 125 $. It’s me now not so much about what the United States is good, and so on, but how much to how much my statement above.
            1. AU Ivanov.
              AU Ivanov. April 9 2020 14: 15 New
              -1
              Aircraft, yes, the Chinese have not grown their nose to them. But here I look at their consumer goods, in particular - smartphones. At first, they had buggy fakes for well-known brands, then their own appeared, but now I can’t say which is better: a smartphone from Sony or Samsung or Huawei with Xiaomi. Even inclined in favor of the latter. And some electronic consumer goods are exclusive to them, except for them no one produces it. In the auto industry - they also almost learned.
    5. Sergey S.
      Sergey S. April 10 2020 01: 10 New
      0
      Quote: Freemason
      Only the USSR was capable of this, and China was so far from the former Union.

      This is if China does not touch.
      And if the Americans will rock the boat ....

      The analogy is the USSR in 1936 and 1946 very different countries ...
  3. Mytholog
    Mytholog April 9 2020 11: 52 New
    +2
    expect a new wave of reflection on the appropriateness of the American military presence

    Everything will be limited to reflection, as usual.
    So far, only Afghanistan and Iraq have shown the Americans the door. Europeans - ran out of steam, degenerated.
  4. APASUS
    APASUS April 9 2020 11: 59 New
    +8
    It’s just a very good opportunity to save financial resources. All American power is based on the aggressive policy of the Pentagon. I haven’t heard something about changing priorities for US peacekeeping
    1. fk7777777
      fk7777777 April 9 2020 12: 26 New
      0
      How ?, Trampulya (why Trump, I don’t see it, but one exact letter is superfluous in the Russian pronunciation),)))), but said the loss of 200 million is nonsense for America, so what if this is not a change of priorities .
      1. APASUS
        APASUS April 9 2020 12: 50 New
        0
        Quote: fk7777777
        How ?, Trampulya (why Trump, I don’t see it, but one exact letter is superfluous in the Russian pronunciation),)))), but said the loss of 200 million is nonsense for America, so what if this is not a change of priorities .

        Trump looks from the side of the businessman (by the way, he declared himself bankrupt 3 times), for him such internal losses are acceptable. And in foreign policy, all the same tricks !!
  5. Gray brother
    Gray brother April 9 2020 12: 01 New
    0
    After all, as practice has shown, tens of thousands of American soldiers stationed in the same Italy, Spain or Germany do not really help with a real threat to European security.

    Come on, they didn’t help - medical supplies are very convenient to intercept and send by military sides in the USA.
    1. fk7777777
      fk7777777 April 9 2020 12: 28 New
      +1
      With inaction from the outside, then this can be done by cops, without any problems ..
      1. Gray brother
        Gray brother April 9 2020 12: 31 New
        -5
        Quote: fk7777777
        then it can do cops, no problem ..

        Blacks cops shoot in New Jersey, they have no time.
  6. Region-25.rus
    Region-25.rus April 9 2020 12: 03 New
    +5
    Yeah ... you won’t envy the sailors! To sit in a steel box and get lost in some incomprehensible nerves are needed so as not to start banging our heads against the bulkheads.
    1. Gray brother
      Gray brother April 9 2020 12: 12 New
      0
      Quote: Region-25.rus
      Sit in a steel box and get lost

      Yes, and so they are doing just that most of the service, and the Marine Corps too, with evil voices slandering that the Marines are especially stupidly gaining the roof to move less from doing nothing because they, unlike the crew, generally have no duties on board no.
    2. Piramidon
      Piramidon April 9 2020 13: 05 New
      0
      Maybe they will stick their striped nose less in all holes around the world.
  7. DMB 75
    DMB 75 April 9 2020 12: 05 New
    +7
    infection hit US military operations overseas

    Well, at least something positive from the coronovirus to humanity.
    1. fk7777777
      fk7777777 April 9 2020 12: 31 New
      +3
      Yes, figs knows him, maybe they just conduct a biological war between themselves. Because somehow globally suddenly and once the biological contamination of the area. Not casual, because ...
  8. Cowbra
    Cowbra April 9 2020 12: 33 New
    +1
    Yes, by the way, Mercy was kicked to New York three weeks ago, the second hospital ship - Comfort with 4 Aviks obviously can not cope))) It can not cope with 1.
  9. Thrifty
    Thrifty April 9 2020 12: 38 New
    +3
    In fact, in Europe, the US warriors are in no hurry to help anyone, because their shirt is closer to the body, and the problems of the US Euro-Negroes are not a racket! !!
  10. Pavel57
    Pavel57 April 9 2020 13: 03 New
    +4
    The crisis will force to reduce foreign operations.
  11. Nitarius
    Nitarius April 10 2020 04: 53 New
    0
    reminded me of a film .. shot by the USA about our ship .. but it’s kind of empty! only it can happen to them! there will be ghost ships!