posted on Jun, 8 2005 @ 04:40 PM
If you look at percentage increases, you can look to India and China as the big "winners" of this. India's been ramping up for a long time now,
developing new MBT's and other armored units, in what used to be explained as a response to China's buildup. Now, it's the US that's the reason.
In a few years, it'll be blamed on Britain or Germany or the EU buildup, if that ever gets off the ground.
Of course, when you look into military spending, how much of that is R&D, including grants to your favorite colleges? Or spending on all those bases
in your particular state that you don't want closed? How much of that is benefits paid out to soldiers currently serving or retired? How much for
security for foreign dignitaries and UN denizens? Does the momey sent for infrastructure rebuild in Iraq count as military spending? How about the
pallets of cash sent to attept to buy off local warlords over there?
And my personal favorite, costs for Air Force One and other craft to fly administration officials (current and former) around so they can campaign for
their Party and collect donations?
The other side of the coin-in the US there are thousands of watchdog groups looking over military spending and making sure the world knows everything
that is spent. Which is a good thing. But other nations, if any, do not. If the members of the still-unformed EU will lie to each other about their
GNP's, why would we expect them to be honest to the world about their military budgets? Much less trust the results from overtly hostile nations and
various oil-soaked nations that simply buy their hardware and save a fortune in R&D.