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Military spending: how much is enough?

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As anyone who has become obsessed with a collection (fountain pens, handbags, chess sets, pocket knives, books, CDs, whatever…) knows, the question of “enough” is meaningless when you’re in the grip of the obsession. “More” is the only thing that seems to make sense. And then, when the obsession passes, you wonder, “What was that all about?”

The US is in the grip of a military obsession:

Military

And all the leading candidates—all of them, including the Democrats—are promising that they will expand the military. Why?, for the love of God. What will be enough?

Read Glenn Greenwald this morning for more on this topic. In the list of countries, BTW, China indeed has the largest military budget in the world, except for the US.

Written by Leisureguy

2 January 2008 at 9:33 am

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  1. Mike, you’re “onto something” — as the saying goes — but don’t expect too much.

    I looked at greenwald’s data, and it’s pretty impressive.

    Over fifty years ago, we failed to heed Eisenhower’s warning about avoiding a military industrial complex, and now we’re so mired, as a society, into the MIC, that the economy whole communities is entirely dependent upon maintaining military installations, otherwise the community will wither/disappear. Our military budget, recently — before iraq — was over the sum of the military budgets of all nations. What precisely our military budget is now is probably not known, but it monstrous. And as greenwald and you point out, our Dem candidates are not doing anything to decrease this ridiculousness. To change our way of thinking about military power will take — notice my use of a promising development: “will” — a cultural shift of enormous proportions must occur. Realistically, I don’t see much promise in that happening soon.

    As a nation we would have to scrap such myths as “Manifest Destiny” and “American Exceptionalism”, and I don’t think that the prospect of scrapping those are too promising.

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    Raymond McInnis

    2 January 2008 at 10:42 am

  2. This is amazing (mind blowing actually) and incredibly depressing.

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    Constant Reader

    3 January 2008 at 12:47 pm


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