Mexico and the USA enjoy good relations for
the most part right now, but that wasn’t the case in the 19th century when the two
countries were fighting over territory. The two nations presently enjoy good trading
relations, with Mexico being the fourth largest trading partner of the U.S. behind the European
Union, China and Canada. Both cultures to some extent have crossed
borders and permeated each country, but we see more Mexicans moving across the border
to settle in the U.S. rather than the other way around. Today this is a divisive issue, culminating
in the new President’s promise to construct a wall to keep out illegal immigrants. Nevertheless, in many ways the countries still
have a healthy relationship. Today we’ll discuss what would happen if
that was not the case, in this episode of the Infographics Show, USA vs Mexico. Don’t forget to subscribe and click the
bell button so that you can be part of our Notification Squad. An invasion, it would seem, wouldn’t be
too hard as the countries share a border, which between Tijuana and San Diego is the
most crossed border in the world. It measures approximately 1,989 miles (3,201
kilometers). On the American side sits a little more than
325 million people (325,324,315). On the Mexican side sits close to 130 million
people (129,760,470). The USA is a much larger country, measuring
3.8 million sq miles (9,833,520 kilometers squared) while Mexico is close to 762,000
sq miles (1,972,550 kilometers squared or 761,610 square miles). They are the 3rd (some say the 4th) and 13th
largest countries in the world, respectively. Interestingly, if these two nations should
go head-to-head, it’s worth noting that the Pew Research Center said in 2016 there
were 5.6 million Mexican unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. Pew also said that in 2016,
almost 36 million Mexican-Americans were legally living in the USA, accounting for a good portion
of the nation’s population. According to an article in the Guardian published
in 2017, approximately two million Americans have made Mexico their home, while USA Today
states that thousands more Americans are living in Mexico on tourist visas and one year temporary
visas. The Guardian writes, “Mexico is the country
with the largest community of US citizens living outside the United States.” In terms of our comparison, it is important
to take into account these numbers. More so the amount of possible Mexico sympathizers
in the U.S. that could cause internal mayhem, than the Americans in Mexico – many of whom
are retirees. 157,227 Mexican immigrants came into the USA
in 2015, and over one million more are still on a waiting list; so in terms of where loyalty
lies, we’ll let you decide. The USA is the world’s biggest spender on
defense by a long shot. Of its 19.4 trillion dollar GDP, around 3.3
percent of that cash is spent on the military. That number for 2016 was roughly 611 billion
dollars. U.S. President Donald Trump has allocated
around 587 billion dollars from the U.S. discretionary budget for 2017 for defense. Most of this goes towards the running of the
military, but the U.S. is also a big spender when it comes to research and development
and the creation of new military technology. In terms of troops, the US has 1.3 million
active military personnel, and a further 811,000 acting as reserve personnel. Mexico’s GDP is barely over 1 trillion dollars
(1.046 trillion dollars). Of that in 2016, around 7 billion dollars
was spent on the country’s defense budget, according to Global Firepower. We can find other sources that claim this
number is lower. Still, Mexico is not considered to be a country
that spends heavily on defense when compared to other smaller and larger nations. Mexico has 273,575 active military personnel
and a further 110,000 acting as reserve personnel. With all that money to spend, the USA has
quite a cache of land artillery. According to Global Firepower, the country
has 5,884 tanks, 41,000 armored fighting vehicles, 1,934 self-propelled guns, 1,299 towed artillery,
and 1,331 multiple-launch rocket systems. Only two countries own more tanks than the
USA, and they are China and Russia. Some of the U.S.’s land equipment is the
best in the world, and that includes the extolled M-1 Abrams tank, as well as the M-109A6 Paladin
self-propelled gun and the TOW Anti-Tank Missile. Mexico is not quite so tooled-up. The country has to its name zero tanks, 695
armored fighting vehicles, 12 self-propelled guns, 375 towed artillery, and zero multiple-launch
rocket systems. This does not bode well for a land invasion
alone, never mind what might be coming from the air or by the sea. America, in terms of equipment anyway, is
no doubt king of the skies military-wise. Its growing fleet of F-35A Lightning IIs might
be costing the taxpayer more than 11 billion dollars this year alone – much more than
the entire Mexican defense budget – but it has much more waiting in reserve. We should note that the F-35s have been criticized
and belittled as a waste of money by some critics, while it’s well-known they have
faced many technical problems. Nonetheless, the USA also owns among its 13,444
aircraft, large fleets of highly touted F-22A Raptors, F-16 Fighting Falcons, F-15E Strike
Eagles, McDonnell Douglas CF-18 Hornets and F/A-18E Super Hornets. Mexico, on the other hand, owns 452 aircraft,
but none of them are fighter aircraft. It retired its small number of Northrop F-5E
and two F-5F Tiger IIs recently and doesn’t seem interested in buying any more fighters. The country now relies on its PC-9/7 and T-6C+
light attack trainers to protect its skies, which are no match for the US’s aerial firepower. It doesn’t get any better in the water for
Mexico, a country not known for its naval prowess. Not surprisingly, Mexico doesn’t have an
aircraft carrier, nor does the country have its own destroyers. It has just 6 frigates, 3 corvettes, 131 patrol
craft, and 11 mine warfare vessels. Its navy is more concentrated on Mexico’s
huge drug problem and offering relief in times of natural disasters. Its small navy is reasonably well-equipped
for those tasks. The U.S. Navy is one of the largest and strongest
in the world. It has a total of 11 aircraft carriers, 22
cruisers, 67 destroyers, 8 frigates, 75 submarines, 0 corvettes, 9 amphibious assault ships, 11
mine warfare ships and 55 patrol ships. It also owns a behemoth, in the Gerald R.
Ford class super-carrier. Alone, this thing can be a deadly force. Obviously the US military out-powers the Mexican
military at perhaps a difference we have not yet seen in our military comparisons – and
we haven’t even mentioned nuclear. However, as we have seen throughout history,
power alone doesn’t always spell victory. What would happen internally in the U.S. if
these two countries fell out is not something we would like to see, but all those Mexicans
in the USA would make matters difficult for America. So, what do you think of this hypothetical
matchup? Let us know in the comments! Also, be sure to check out our other video
called Average American vs Average Mexican?! Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t
forget to like, share, and subscribe. Adios amigos!

20 thoughts on “Would Mexico Be Able To Fight Off USA?”

  1. you should edit the title:
    Could all of the Mexican Cartels fight off the United States

    if you know, you know.. unforunately..

  2. Mexico it's not a war country, that's why we don't have a huge army, but if Russia, China sell us weapons, les partimos su madre.

  3. Ya se estan matando solos con tanta droga q su gobierno les entrega legal e ilegal. "Mexico tan lejos de dios y tan cerrca de los Estados Unidos"

  4. Mexico would win by losing. As part of the US they would no longer be illegal immigrant and would get the jobs, money, and benefits of being Americans. Poor Mexican nationals would be able to join a larger better paid US military as well as gain legal status. Cartels would get crushed and Mexico's much smaller southern border would be easier for the new unified country to control. Mexico's high number of children are also needed to smooth out demographic issues the US providing the consumer market that America needs. America would also end up spending a lot of money to uplift many poor Mexicans also to their benefit. While America would gain some small wins by "winning" a war it is Mexico that would "win" the most.

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