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A Foreign Policy of Arrogant Meddling

zmazurak Wrote: Oct 24, 2012 3:32 PM
The military budget is NOT "grotesquely bloated"; it's not bloated at all. It's modest. It amounts to just 4.22% of America's GDP, INCLUDING war and DOE nuclear program costs. The base defense budget amounts to just 3.47% of GDP and $1,700 per capita. That's all that we pay for America's defense. The country's security cannot be provided for on the cheap. It requires many world-class ships, planes, ICBMs, nuclear warheads, missile defense interceptors, troops, ground vehicles and other weapons, as well as their bases, developmental programs, troops' salaries&benefits, etc. This costs serious money. America's defense CANNOT be provided for on the cheap. That is an unavoidable FACT.
MoreFreedom Wrote: Oct 24, 2012 4:04 PM
So you say it's not bloated. But isn't the fact that we spend almost as much on the military as the rest of the world combined relevant? Do we really need to fight a war against the rest of the world?

Perhaps you're right. After the dollar becomes worthless to pay for all this, debtor nations may just decide they own all the property in the US, and will come to get it with their armies.

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