Apollo, over at Federalist Paupers makes a very good point. Every single year, the world's largest army assembles for a few weeks each fall...and peacefully disbands with littler or no casualties.
The state of Wisconsin has gone an entire deer hunting season without someone getting killed. That’s great. There were over 600,000 hunters.What many in the comments fail to undestand the point the author is making is that if someone was stupid enough to invade the USA the resistence that would spring up from millions of men and women would make that of Afghanistan a pale echo in comparison. Furthermore, I believe his point is that every single year, literally millions of Americans with weapons far more accurate than what the military uses assemble and disperse with very few injuries.
Allow me to restate that number. Over the last two months, the eighth largest army in the world – more men under arms than Iran; more than France and Germany combined – deployed to the woods of a single American state to help keep the deer menace at bay.
But that pales in comparison to the 750,000 who are in the woods of Pennsylvania this week. Michigan’s 700,000 hunters have now returned home. Toss in a quarter million hunters in West Virginia, and it is literally the case that the hunters of those four states alone would comprise the largest army in the world.
Now, while infantry without apporpriate AT weapons doesn’t stand much of a chance against mechanized forces…snipers, in the numbers that are hinted at would make life nearly impossible for an occupying force. That I think is the point that both the author, and Yamamoto were trying to make.
Related: The United States buys enough guns in three months to outfit the entire Chinese and Indian armies.