The short answer is no, and the chances are not even likely…remote is even too brave as description.
First of all you have to assume that the uS has lost its nuclear capability…let’s assume that.
So, once the nuclear capabilities are down, what could an invasion of the US look like?
The US is the sole country in the world that has the capability to project force across the globe on a large scale. The combined military air- and sea-lift capability of the rest of the world would be insufficient to even get a foothold on the continental United States. The amphibious assault capability of the world’s militaries, excluding the United States, is simply too small.
That means the adversary would have to seize and use civilian aircraft and ships not designed for nonpermissive environments. These ships would require secure bases in Canada and Mexico, since they lack the capability to deliver forces onto unimproved shores. Thus, any attempted invasion of the US would first look like a rather motley caravan of vulnerable civilian ships and aircraft.
If these forces managed to avoid US attacks and build up, they could then launch an attack over land. Read more »
This could be what Len Brown is trying to build in the next three years:
A few years ago when I was working as a helicopter pilot for a local radio station, we were required to fly around all of Mexico City chasing news and traffic. I remember flying up to the highway that connects Mexico City with the neighboring state of Puebla, and on my way back this housing complex that seemed to go on forever caught my attention. I decided to circle around to observe from up close what I later found out was the recently built San Buenaventura complex, which is located in Ixtapaluca, on the eastern outskirts of Mexico City.
The exceptional afternoon sun reflecting those thousands of recently painted small homes just looked so beautiful, and the lower I flew the better the angle, so I just got out my camera, opened the sliding window on my Bell helicopter, and snapped a couple of shots. —Oscar Ruiz
You have to say the Mexican drug cartels have a certain kind of macabre style when it comes to sending a message:
SEVEN blindfolded murder victims sit in a line of white plastic chairs — on a city centre traffic island. Read more »
10 human eye balls floating in a jam jar at Stansted Airport in 2007
Hollowed out onions were used to try and smuggle £163,000 worth of cocaine by a Harvard-educated African Prince at Heathrow Airport.
The Straits Times reports:
MEXICO CITY (AFP) – A Mexican girl aged nine has given birth to a girl of her own, local authorities and family members said on Wednesday. Read more »
Are the American’s to blame for the Mexican Drug wars?
This video suggests it may be so:
The video takes a bit of an advocacy bend, arguing that the United States plays a major role in the violence, both because our high levels of drug use fuel the narcotics trade and because our loose gun controls make it easy for cartels south of the border to arm themselves. Read more »
David Parker, David Shearer and Clare Curran have all made disparaging comments about Mexico, so it was with some mirth that I saw this chart on Andrew Sullivan and the associated news that as the US economy tanks Mexicans are going home to better prospects in Mexico.
No wonder the Mexican Ambassador was so upset with Labour’s comments.
A four-decade tidal wave of Mexican immigration to the United States has receded, causing a historic shift in migration patterns as more Mexicans appear to be leaving the United States for Mexico than the other way around, according to a report from the Pew Hispanic Center.
It looks to be the first reversal in the trend since the Depression, and experts say that a declining Mexican birthrate and other factors may make it permanent.
“I think the massive boom in Mexican immigration is over and I don’t think it will ever return to the numbers we saw in the 1990s and 2000s,” said Douglas Massey, a professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton University and co-director of the Mexican Migration Project, which has been gathering data on the subject for 30 years.
Nearly 1.4 million Mexicans moved from the United States to Mexico between 2005 and 2010, double the number who did so a decade earlier. The number of Mexicans who moved to the United States during that period fell to less than half of the 3 million who came between 1995 and 2000.
The trend could have major political consequences, underscoring the delicate dance by the Republican and Democratic parties as they struggle with immigration policies and court the increasingly important Latino vote.