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The US military is designed to win by a modern version of blitzkrieg, not by grinding out a victory in a war of attrition. They want to win like Germany did in the Battle of France, not like the Soviet Union did at Stalingrad.

It's why the Iranians had over 1 million casualties taking on Iraq. And several years later, the US rolled over the Iraqi military with 1,000 causalities.

So sure, the US can't successfully invade China, but it would sink the entire Peoples Navy and defend Taiwan, Japan and S. Korea.

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