If the U.S. were invaded... If the United States were invaded today by another country, what do you think would change?

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If the United States were invaded today by another country, what do you think would change?

  Well, we've already been invaded in 2001 and lots of things did change.  We now have tighter security in airports and government facilities, stricter ID checks for everyone,...

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If the U.S. were invaded...

If the United States were invaded today by another country, what do you think would change?

  Well, we've already been invaded in 2001 and lots of things did change.  We now have tighter security in airports and government facilities, stricter ID checks for everyone, a well-managed Homeland Security force, an excellent Incident Management System for domestic and international crime and emergency incidents, and better protection for critical infrastructures nationwide.  We just need to keep at the plans we've implemented and we'll probably be ok.

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I think it is highly unlikely that the US would be invaded. But for argument sake if it were invaded I think it would be a long process for another country to actually take control of the US.

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An invasion of the United States by another major world power, although highly unlikely, would require the US to refocus its military energy on the defense of the country. The US would have to abandon its current occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan and refocus on defending against this new aggressor. Certainly, a concerted effort to repel the invasion would take place, war would be declarded, and the largest military power in the world would mobilize. The question presupposes that the invasion would be successful, when in fact, the likelihood of that happening is infinitesimal. Because of this relatively low likelihood of success, the US is instead the target of terrorist plots to create fear in the minds of American citizens. The US is at much greater risk for acts of terror than an all out military invasion.

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The first thing that would undoubtedly change is our Intelligence agencies as we know them. There is no way that, at this point in time and with the levels of caution that we have established, to allow another 9/11. However, should that STILL happen, I can definitely see everyone in the NSA, CIA, DoD and the others getting fired, disgraced, and extradited to another country never to return to America.

Which is what they should have done the FIRST time.

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If you think back to 9/11 things changed quite dramatically then. Americans became more American in a sense as the country united together when this horrible event happened.

If the United States were full blown invaded, I think that whomever invaded us would be in big trouble. America is a very strong country and would most certainly not sit by and let it happen. The US also has many allies that would come to assist us.

Americans are devoted and believe in their country. Many Americans own guns and would fight and die for their freedom.

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Oh, I don't know, those Canadians can get pretty uppity, especially if you beat their olympic hockey team.  Both the United States and Russia are large enough and isolated enough that it is pretty much impossible to invade them with conventional ground forces.  The only way to conquer them in the modern era is to destroy them with nuclear weapons.

As pohnpei argues, if it were to happen, we could expect that we would no longer have a democracy.  You could also expect, whether the war continued or we were completely occupied, that our standard of living would drop dramatically.  Also, remember that the United States has approximately 230 million guns in private hands, so whether it was violent resistance or just plain violence, we could expect this to be a much more dangerous place to live.

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This is really an impossible question to answer.

First of all, the idea of another country invading the US is pretty ridiculous.

But more than that, it really depends on how successful such an invasion was and what country was invading.  As you answer this question for yourself, you have to decide these things.

If another country invaded and actually took the US over, things would obviously change.  How they would change is a different story.  It would depend on which country took us over.  But I would expect at least that we would have fewer liberties, especially at first.

If another country invaded and we were at war trying to repel the invasion, that would be different.  A major war like that would affect us in so many ways -- ways America has not experienced since WWII.

 

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