posted on Dec, 3 2004 @ 10:40 PM
I have always wondered about the Lefts cry about the US defense spending, lets take a look and put thing into perspective a bit shall we?
Why is the U.S. military budget so high?
Top ten military budgets. The U.S. spends the most by far, but matters aren't as lopsided as your letter suggests. The WMEAT list (in billions): (1)
U.S., $281.0; (2) mainland China, $88.9; (3) Japan, $43.2; (4) France, $38.9; (5) UK, $36.5; (6) Russia, $35.0; (7) Germany, $32.6; (8) Italy, $23.7;
(9) Saudi Arabia, $21.2; (10) Taiwan, $15.2. The U.S. military, therefore, spends as much as the next six countries (not 16) combined, with just about
enough change to cover Greece ($6 billion). To put it another way, the U.S. accounted for 33 percent of world military expenditures in 1999, a modest
increase since Cold War days (28 percent in 1986). Sorry, no breakdown on percentage of the military budget used to suppress dissidents or otherwise
deal with internal security.
Now this puts a perspective on this subject, although we spend way more, we have more to spend as a % of GDP.
Military expenditures as a percentage of gross national product. The U.S. spends a lot on its military but has a lot to spend. Some other countries
don't have much but spend it on the military anyway. World leader: Eritrea, which spends 27.4 percent of its $757 million GNP (world rank: 155) on
the armed services, most of it presumably to fight its archenemy, Ethiopia. The balance of the top ten, with percentages ranging between 21.2 and 8.8:
Angola, North Korea, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Congo, Qatar, Jordan, Ethiopia, and Israel. U.S. rank: 52nd, at 3 percent.
so if you follow the link and read the article, this will give you a better perspective on the numbers but keep in mind that as the only
'superpower' left, commitments, and the need to follow Reagan's "Peace Through Strength" goals, we are not quite the war mongers that they would
have you believe.
#1 with a bullet:
[edit on 3-12-2004 by edsinger]