If the cheap, lazy and inept will not properly tank-mechanize–instead foisting lies like exposed, slow, vulnerable foot troops with ATGMs are going to somehow survive HE artillery Terrain Firepower Saturation (TFS) beginning from 30 kms away to somehow survive to get within 2 km range–then we damn well better have some AIR COVER from enemy aircraft attacks. American Air Forces populated by Tom Cruise-TOP GUN-like egotists without an appreciation that their aircraft are ground-bound 99% of the time and must be stealthy and protected on the ground to not be destroyed there, are going to be likely AWOL-UA in the next war against competent foes who Destroy-them-On-The-Ground (DOTG). America needs dispersed, camouflaged and ground-stealthy mobile Air Forces operating without need of huge vulnerable air bases to air cover decisive ground maneuver forces–or risk defeat like befell the French and British in 1940 against the long-range blitzkrieg war machine of the German Nazis.
Dismounted TF Smith in South Korea would have still been over-run by NORK LONG-RANGE artillery even if it had SHORT-RANGE 3.5″ Super Bazookas to knock out T34/85 medium tanks. TF Smith also needed its own folding-wing, trailer-mobile, F-51 MUDstang fighter-bombers to napalm, rocket/gun strafe the NORKs and ward off enemy MIGs. Again, infantry-centric morons do not read military history and are unable to comprehend South Vietnam and Dien Bien Phu before then, were lost by LONGER-RANGED ENEMY ARTILLERY and no amount of athleticism saved them when High Explosive (HE) shells are raining down on them turning them into bloody red pulps and pink mists. American narcissistic infantry military malpractice continues to the present day as the crap military advice fed to the Saudis has turned them into road/trail-bound Houthi rebel BBQ.