With the missile strike against a Syrian airbase and the continued threats from North Korea and others, it seems like the United States is on the brink of war.
President Trump has made it clear that he will not tolerate the violent actions of Syrian dictator Assad against his own citizens. Secretary of State Tillerson has stated that the U.S. and other will work to remove Assad from power.
Almost on a daily basis we hear about North Korea making plans to fire missiles, or threaten the U.S. and our allies in the Pacific.
At any moment we could be plunged into all out war on several stages around the world. But is it already happening?
If you are to believe what gets regularly posted on the Internet, yes. Recent footage has emerged that makes it seem like President Trump is moving our forces for battle.
However, things aren’t always what they appear. And just because someone posted something to Facebook with a scary caption does not make it true.
As always, a little bit of common sense goes a long way.
From Popular Military:
“#WARISCOMING This was filmed in Texas last week,” the most recent post stated, posting a video (of questionable age) of a passing train carrying everything from M2 Bradleys to supply trucks. “Something big is coming. #Trump”
First off, as a retired service member and someone who grew up near a military installation, let me get this out of the way: if you see a train full of military equipment and automatically think it is the outbreak of war or martial law, you either need to loosen your tinfoil hat or write screenplays with that big imagination of yours.
Tanks, Infantry Fighting Vehicles and Cargo trucks are pretty big objects that are either not allowed on public roads (tank treads destroy pavement), break down constantly, have wear measured by hours over miles or are not terribly fuel-efficient (last I checked, HMMWVs aren’t exactly great commuters)…
Instead of dealing with the logistical nightmare of feeding, housing and preventing vehicle accidents by large groups of soldiers (not to mention leaving non-street legal vehicles behind or fueling them across the country), would it not be easier to ship said vehicles to their destination in advance and then fly their soldiers to the vehicles by means of charter plane for much less money?
If this sounds like a good idea, I’m afraid I can’t take credit for it- this is what the military does, multiple times a year.
The military has depended on trains since the invention of the train. From tanks to artillery, troops to nuclear weapons and ammunition, the train is one of the most efficient ways to move a lot of tonnage across the USA.
The scary footage of tanks and other equipment being moved by train is not a sign that we are about to invade Syria — or any other country. It is actually a common sight around the country, as our military uses efficient and practical means to transport their equipment.
People who live near an Army base will understand that, as they see equipment being transported all the time.
Yet the sight of tanks being transported on a viral video with spooky captions might convince anyone that the worst is about to happen.
The truth is we are already seeing signs of improvement around the world. China is backing the U.S. and others in reigning in North Korea. Russia and other countries are stepping up to help turn the tide in Syria.
Be assured that all out war in not on the horizon. Our leaders and president cannot and will not do it, without making it clear to the American public.
Hopefully, it will not see that happening any time soon.
Source: Popular Military