After a recent trip to Washington, DC—to help military experts workshop peer-to-peer war—Austrian army officer Franz-Stefan Gady, an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, told me that this new cultural and tactical pivot among the world’s major powers “could be as big of a change as going from frontier soldiers chasing Comanches to the Civil War.”
“If China fought it out, it’d be the first war since the Civil War where the US mainland was threatened,” Gady maintained. “America’s wars are never coming home to you. You always have a safe haven, like those Norman Rockwell paintings, where Thanksgiving will always be served. But China will have to hit US critical infrastructure. There’s not going to be a safe haven.”
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