We were never able to bring them to their knees.
Do you know why we couldn't bring them to a halt?
Their culture was too primitive.
They raised their fuel.
They grew rice, ate it, grew rice, ate it...
Everything they needed was within walking distance.
Their entire culture was *literally* bombproof.
He thought he was smarter than these dumb hicks with these water 🐃 and these big wheeled carts.
North Vietnam is about the size of half of Missouri.
Once in a while something goes wrong.
It doesn't rain.
Major, unforeseeable catastrophes.
Um... Our systems won't handle 100% traffic.
Our systems are probably engineered for ~20% traffic.
Except for "feet."
Telephone systems can't handle 100% traffic.
Something goes wrong - you know, it rains, or it doesn't rain, or the wind blows - and you can't call.
If they dropped the big one we were to pull the switch.
Everybody but cops, Dr's, and railroad men - everybody else - got their phones turned off.
Americans won't have ready access to water, food, electricity, or fuel.
Neither will hospitals.
This is not that smart.
The infrastructure that supports our idiot systems is broken, and it will cost a lot to fix.
Why aren't they all dead?
Because their culture and economy is much more primitive than the mainland.
Save money. That kind of efficient.
It might be a little clunkier.
I was responsible for the phone systems in a few hundred businesses in greater Kansas City.
They all called at the same time.
"We can't make LD calls."
Too many people, everywhere, trying to call their brokers.
This was in the 1980s economy.
We're a thousand times less robust today.
If you've ever read my platform, you'll notice that it would result in a drastically different everyday environment.
You have to follow the links to the supporting essays to get a clearer picture.
And I've never laid it all out.
And people always muddle through somehow, and I'd bet we will again.
But imagine the golfer's pal Kim lobs a nuke at LA, and it lands in the desert halfway between LA and Hell.
I seriously doubt if any system in the United States would run uninterrupted for the next month.
If they'd have done that to North Vietnam, it would have taken weeks for everyone to even *find out.*
Houston. Costa Rica. California. Flood. Fire. Hurricane.
We watch their travails as our top-heavy overly complex systems break down
For God's sake, we waste enough fuel running air conditioners in stationary cars in Kansas City's daily rush to have powered 1967 North Vietnam for a week.
This whole thing is *crazy*.
What we have is an incredibly costly, destructive, wasteful, brittle, fragile system which simply surround our basic humanity.
We simply don't.
We need to back off and *think*. How can we do this differently, and better?
We still harvest food produced by the sea. If we lose it many people will starve as a direct result. Productivity is lower every day.
Farms extract resources, food, not from human ingenuity, but from the ecosystem.
Without it, no us.
You cannot take resources out of a finite pool forever without running out.
I've been lucky. I've nearly reached the end of my road and it hasn't happened yet.
And my personal gene line
As far as I know.
People always tell me, "You can't go back."
And I get this mental picture.
They drive down the road to a sign: Bridge Out.
They get out.
They look down into the abyss.
They look at one another.
They say, "You can't go back."
They get back in & drive off.