I'm not as sure of that. The nationalists might get angry, but the likes of Rubio or that Indian dude aren't gonna grab a gun and take part in the million American swim to Taiwan. It's gonna be US middle/lower class that gets drafted.
We can't discount the possibility of America fully rallying around the flag, but as I see it, its much more likely than a failed first wave would lead to hopelessness, a sense that Americans shouldn't have been sent to die in an impossible battle and a political sentiment to retreat from China before the loss of face becomes impossible to cover up.
Tbh even if US totally mobilizes as a response to failing the initial steps of an invasion, that would only put them at parity with China in terms of mobilization status. China by default would start out with a very strong rallying effect, given that it's the first time since ww2 that the homeland is directly being attacked. It is a totally unprecedented event ever since the war against the Axis.
The bolded part is the only important one for the purposes of both PLA strategic planning and procurement demands, and also for the purposes of keeping ourselves have an open mind as to how high the ladder of escalation may go.
In your opinion, are those political and natsec in control of the US military now or in the foreseeable future? Milley seemed adamant going to war with China would be the wrong choice.
Top US General Doubts Xi Planning to Take Taiwan by Force
Even though General Brown has made some fanatic comments about China previously, somehow I don't see him as the person to give the go ahead to go on a total war with China.
- Charles Q. Brown Jr. says he’s written to Chinese counterpart
- Xi, Biden expected to meet next week for first time in a year
It's less about whether those individuals are in "control" of the US military but rather the sentiment I described is present among sufficient elements of the US natsec community that in times of conflict can be significantly signal boosted and develop a life of its own.
My underlying point is that it is foolish to interpret the manner in which a military confrontation would go between the US and China will just result in the US losing resolve and will to fight if the PLA is able to carry out an initial couple of successful regional strikes against US bases and ships in the region.