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Military spending: US equals all other nations combined

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My previous post compared giving to world relief from the USA with that of other nations as a percentage of GDI. In the military arena, since defense is directly competitive with potential enemies, dollar-for-dollar comparisons of actual expenditures is equally instructive.

Here’s a chart I wish every American knew well:

clipped from upload.wikimedia.org

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  blog it

Now, really, how near a threat is any other nation?


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Written by Monte

August 21, 2007 at 12:43 pm

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  1. […] this in a comment over at Monte Asbury’s Blog (a new regular read, courtesy of A View from the Bridge at ClapSotronics): all of our accumulated […]

  2. Monte:
    It’s rather simplistic to compare our military spending against those of other nations. Unfortunately these days, we face asymmetric warfare. For the price of nineteen air tickets, we took a ferocious hit six years ago. Our world-beating military might was not a factor.
    It’s obvious that too much of the $zillions we’re spending are misdirected and misspent, and much of that is due to old adage that generals fight the last war, not the current one.
    Let’s work to elect people who understand that the best way to assure security is to be prepared to fight tomorrow’s war, and who will work like crazy to make sure that we never have to. And who will boot the Halliburtons that plague us out on their asses.
    Thanks for the thoughtful post.
    –MUDGE

    Monte says: Thanks for your comment, Mudge! Indeed, the comparison is only a part of the story, but it is an important part, and one of which Americans are overwhelmingly unaware. Further, those who delivered the ferocious hit six years ago that you mention would tell you that they did so, in large part, because of American military presence in the Middle East. Thus, our huge spending may provoke the asymmetrical response.
    On the rest, complete agreement!

    mudge

    August 25, 2007 at 1:19 pm

  3. Yes, I’ve seen several of these “calculators.” I tried to place a couple on my blog sidebar, but the wordpress security won’t let me. The cost of having a spam free site is sometime large. In any case, thanks for writing about this Monte, it is SO important!

    The scientifically impossible I do right away
    The spiritually miraculous takes a bit longer

    Monte Says: Yeah, I know – I tried something very similar. Apparently Java is the kiss of death.

    ClapSo

    August 23, 2007 at 11:47 am

  4. What hurts the most about the out of control military budget is what human needs we can’t spend the money on. We could feed the hungry, heal the sick, and a whole host of other things we don’t do now if we could just bring the military budget down to a reasonable level…

    The scientifically impossible I do right away
    The spiritually miraculous takes a bit longer

    Monte Says: Indeed. In fact, somewhere I’ve recently seen a website that says that precisely: the cost of solving problem X (eg., world hunger) is X, and shows ALL of them getting solved by the amount of money going into the military industry in the US. Have you seen it?

    ClapSo

    August 22, 2007 at 10:45 pm

  5. Now that is just sad.

    daveamania

    August 22, 2007 at 7:50 pm


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