Italic taken from Shinning light blog, then my comment below he keeps from his readers.
Herbert Armstrong was fixated on the greatness of America and nuclear attack as the only way to bring her down. In fact a few nuclear strikes may happen on key sites, but the fall of America will be a process that takes 3 1/2 years; and will be about economic collapse bringing hunger and a weakened population subject to disease; accompanied by natural disasters. Can you imagine a starving sickly weakened people coping with a massive hurricane season or huge earthquakes? This along with extreme widespread drought will bring her down.
Militarily it is NOT necessary to occupy a nation to defeat it. Judea will be occupied, but America will not be occupied except perhaps for a few key sites. An initial defeat probably brought on via cyber attack, and then a slow fall into chaos and total collapse over 3 1/2 years are in the offing.
I will get into the trtibulation situation much deeper with the coming Ezekiel study.