LET THAT SINK IN
imagine if we allocated just one year of our military budget to
improving our nations infrastructure
our education system
We’d have Starfleet soon if it went to NASA
What you people don’t know is that the reason european NATO members can spend so much less onn defence is the US’s huge expenditure. Also the US economy is only slightly smaller than the EU, so you should always look at budget ratios, not raw money.
And more importantly, Russia and China always fudge their numbers so that it looks like they don’t spend much on defence and the USA is still the evil evil militarist state.
I’m not saying this to defend either state, but such reductionist and demagogue presenting of facts might as well go on fox news or whatever.
Yeah, because you would think that at some point common sense would somehow come into play. Has everyone forgotten their history?
I mean remember the last time France financed a war of it’s own? Anyone? No seriously, anyone? I mean like a war where they didn’t surrender. Anyone?
Or heck what about Germany? Great track record there when it comes to world peace right?
And let’s not forget about Japan right? That ended well right?
And as for the UK, well at least they had that little kerfuffle in the Falklands back in the 80’s that they paid for. Pretty sure they lost that one too, so that was money well spent.
Isn’t the reason that the US is in Afghanistan because the Russians failed and bailed when they couldn’t get the job done? Just sayin’.
And South Korea and China had that little dust up in the 50’s. That worked out well too didn’t it? Of course it took a third party to end it. Guess who?
The last time Italy financed a war was back when toga’s were still in fashion, and we all know how Italy is all about fashion. Ciao Baby.
Aren’t all the rest of the countries on this list just former colonies of England? I mean Brazil? Really? What was their military expense spent on; security for a Justin Beiber concert?
Personally, I’d love to see America bring all our military men and women home, and let them build bridges and schools. Then people can blame them for taking their jobs instead of illegal immigrants. I mean by all means let’s flood the economy with 1.5 million more unemployed people fighting for the same jobs. That sounds like a great idea.
I would love to see the rest of the world pick up the slack for the next few decades, but unfortunately we’ve all seen how that tends to work out, haven’t we? Every time our Country tries to stay out of it, the rest of the world fucks up and drags us back into it. Do you think that is a coincidence? Don’t even get me started on the United Nations, which is an impotent joke when it comes to solving world peace issues. They’ve proved their ineptitude time and time again.
It’s amazing how so many people conveniently forget the lessons history has taught us when a dollar figure gets attached to the equation. World peace doesn’t come cheap and I have yet to see any other country step up and offer to pick up the tab, or actually get the job done without dragging America into it first. Why do you suppose that is?
I’m no warmonger, and I think the amount the United States spends on our military and defense budget is astronomically ridiculous. It is one in a long list of wasteful spending our government is responsible for. That said, it’s amazing how people sing a completely different tune when all of a sudden their Hawaiian vacation, or their tour of NYC gets messed up because our country decided to mind its own business.
Let that sink in.
Awesome points, but let’s not forget Vietnam, Iraq war, or engagements we entered because of our supply of bananas, sugar or oil. Military actions we took for questionable reasons and probably did more harm than good.
There’s certainly a balance, I think we’re on the wrong side. It might not boil down to spending, but it does have a relationship to the size and power of the military.