- Mar 8, 2022
as i said, only a fool makes a threat they are not prepared to carry out, especially when the threat is literally the biggest threat you can make to USA short of actually nuking it.Threatening an attack is far far different from carrying out an attack on a Carrier group.. naive guy.. It's that simple..
A Soviet sub that is detectable to a carrier strike group and is in weapons range is a dead duck if it makes any move to fire a weapon.. So, it was all posturing.. If a sub wants to fire a weapon, you always remain undetectable..
A threat is only a threat when you can percieve a threat. thats the whole point of threat display before an actual fight. Otherwise, its an ambush. The entire point of threat display before a fight, is to give the opposition an option to back down. Which is why we see threat displays in war and animal kingdom all the time- sometimes the adversary backs down, sometimes they dont and we have a fight. Its idiotic to think that a threat display automatically means lack of willingness to fight.
PS: it also makes sense to use threat display for mutually assured destruction, when you stand to lose less assets. Soviets, if they had attacked, would certainly sink the carrier group and would certainly have lost their 4-5 subs. Which is ALWAYS a winning trade-off vs an entire carrier group, in terms of manpower & asset value.
Its the equivalent of taking out a tank with an APC. So if you are in the position to do 'if i die, you die too' type of posturing with lesser assets, it actually ALWAYS makes sense to do a threat display before an attack. We also see this all and sundry in the animal kingdom.