I was talking with a buddy this weekend, a current working mechanic who specializes in helicopters. We were talking about the aircraft that Biden left in Afghanistan. "I'm not worried about that equipment." he said. "Without good maintenance, they won't last long.. Maybe two or three missions, if they can figure out how to fly them/"
Okay, that makes sense. Aircraft are high-maintenance systems.
But, how about the wheeled vehicles? All those hundreds of land vehicles we left behind? I asked a very experienced auto mechanic what the best low-cost option for destroying a vehicle?
"Sand," says he. "A cup of sand, either behind the air filter, or in the oil sump, or in the transmission. Either one, or all three, but in an hour, that vehicle will be worthless."
It was just a couple of weekend conversations about equipment left in Afghanistan.