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10-to-1 disparity on U.S. military spending

With a census of slightly over 300 million in a world of almost seven billion people, the U.S. accounts for over 40 percent of officially acknowledged worldwide government military spending. A 10-1 disparity.

According to some estimates, American military and military-related allotments in addition to the formal Pentagon budget can bring annual U.S. defense spending as high as $1.16 trillion, almost half of official expenditures for all of the world’s 192 nations, including the U.S., last year.

The U.S. has the world’s second largest standing army, over 1,445,000 men and women under arms according to estimates of earlier this year, second only to China with 2,255,000. China has a population of over 1.325 billion, more than four times that of America, and does not have a vast army of private contractors supplementing its armed forces.

And of course unlike the U.S. it has no troops stationed abroad. United States armed forces personnel and weapons, including nuclear arms, are stationed at as many as 820 installations in scores of nations.

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3 Responses to “10-to-1 disparity on U.S. military spending”

  1. Barack Obama’s book, “The Audacity of Hope,” shows a appealing title. It has an idea of bravery mixed confidently. There’s nothing Pollyanna regarding this. I might not support almost everything he tells, but he’s our president, and then for me, he creates belief. That can do more for any nation than any volume of backroom deals. Hope gives us energy, and energy sustains us through trying times. Boy, we’ve had them. I’m from West Texas, and I did not vote for Bush. When McCain ran against Obama, I used to be a citizen of Arizona, but I gave audacious hope a chance. The fight for progress and laying the foundations of prosperity is just not over. I’ve come across the quips of those who don’t believe Obama can make it. But step back a second. Would anyone have most of us fail simply to tarnish the star of an incumbent for whom they didn’t vote? Trying to keep our priorities straight, let’s work together with this president and build our future.

  2. Well said in support of giving Obama and hope a chance, but the point of this post is the fact that the U.S. alone accounts for over 40 percent of worldwide government military spending. A 10-1 disparity.

    And while this escalated drastically under the Bush Administration, it hasn’t exactly been diminishing under the Obama Administration.

    Think of how much of that money could instead be used domestically to solve social problems.

  3. […] really drives him and who he really represents. It’s long past time that Americans understood the military is, among other things, a special interest, and reacted to its […]


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