The Cost of The Military

The US no longer has the luxury of being “the policeman of the world.” The welfare-warfare state is insolvent and must cut back dramatically. Our military adventures have weakened us just like Rome before us. The Empire is dying. We can recognize that and take action or continue on the present course which ensures certain fiscal death.

The article below puts the military spending into perspective, although I believe it understates the actual costs. It does so for at least two reasons:

  1. Military-related expenditures are hidden throughout the budget and not labeled as such.
  2. The opportunity costs of diverting massive resources and manpower to the military lowers our standard of living.
The Republicans believe that anything spent on the military is good. Democrats believe anything spent on welfare is good. Both are obviously wrong.

U.S. Military Spending Has Almost Doubled Since 2001

new report released today by SIPRI, a Swedish-based think tank, reveals that U.S. military spending has almost doubled since 2001. The U.S. spent an astounding $698 billion on the military last year, an 81% increase over the last decade.
U.S. spending on the military last year far exceeded any other country. We spent six times more than China — the second largest spender. Overall, the world expended $1.6 trillion on the military, with the United States accounting for the lion’s share:

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As a percentage of GDP, U.S. military spending has increased from 3.1% in 2001 to 4.8% last year.
The report notes that, “even in the face of efforts to bring down the soaring US budget deficit, military spending continues to receive privileged treatment.” Indeed, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and others on the right are passing legislation increasing defense spending. At the same time, they are insisting on massive cuts to social programs that provide vital assistance to the elderly, the poor and the middle class.

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  1. I think that we conservatives tend to be repelled at the democrat’s hatred of America and our armed services and over react regarding military spending. Entangling ourselves in fruitless wars has cost us dearly also. Yes, I’ve sadly concluded that all of our middle east adventurism is playing out to be a disaster for our nation. I would advocate developing our own energy resouces and eliminate foreign imports and reduce 2/3 of our trade deficit along the way. If the Europeans want middle east oil then let them settle their disputes. I would arm Israel to the teeth and support them to do pretty much whatever they want.

    Our military needs to be made leaner and more efficient. Compare the number of “combat troops” that we can field and the number of “support” personnel and you will see that something is out of whack. Actually, as you may recall, that Rumsfeld was given the task of reorganizing our military until 911 occurred. We don’t need one soldier in Europe and could phase out our presence in Korea over time. I don’t know how much we could cut in military spending. Maybe its a matter of freezing it where we are at, but its time for us to allow others to take up some slack.

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