The world's top 5 military spenders

Despite cuts at the Pentagon, the US still spends more on its armed forces than any other nation -- more, in fact, than the next 10 countries combined.

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Jul 8, 2013 7:56AM
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A country founded by geniuses and ran by idiots...

Jul 5, 2013 6:34PM
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yup its expensive being the world police
Jul 5, 2013 8:19PM
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The US has to STOP being the World Cop!    We can't afford it.

 

We fought WW1 and WW2 out of the US taxpayers pocket.  We helped 'Liberate' Europe twice, but they have nothing but contempt for us now. 

 

Sink or swim...  Pull all US forces out of Europe (which props up their economy), and reduce US forces to a defensive level. 

Jul 5, 2013 8:25PM
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Eisenhower gave a speech in 61 that first coined the phase Military Industrial Complex, also warned about them! We didn't listen and now they lobby for war and new weapons systems every chance they get.
Jul 5, 2013 6:50PM
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Well what do you expect when we operate a multi-ocean navy, the world's most advanced air force, and an army equipped with tanks that cost more than some countries are worth?

Jul 6, 2013 12:40AM
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Many of our military adventures are because we're manipulated. When Israel couldn't get Obama to take on Iran they began a campaign pushing Romney with near daily stories about Iran almost being ready to complete their first nuke. The stories rolled out again and again of how Israel was going to have to take action but how hard it would be without the support of it's favorite ally. Then the election and 4 more years of Obama and we've had 8 months of silence. A reasonable person might suspect the concern with Iran was exaggerated.
Jul 6, 2013 12:32AM
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And you folks really believe the figures given by places like China and Russia?
Heck...even the U.S. has "black" projects that are off the books and funded for who knows how much.


Jul 6, 2013 3:11PM
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jonh craft....Yes we need a strong Military....I also served with the best, drafted with best and fought with the best;.... A long time ago..

We need to protect ourselves, not everyone and everything in the World..

It has truly proven time and time again, that it has been fruitless in most circumstances, except to keep our undertakers busy...We have buried way too many children of our own...

Not counting the innocent of other's abroad; Which included many children, women and elders..That had no involvement, except to watch in horror at the destruction, that WE and OTHERS have wreaked upon their lands.

There is no sound reasoning, except by lunatics that we spend on Military Might; 4 times what China spends and 8-10 times what Russia spends...We are fools.

Jul 7, 2013 3:39AM
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When you add the Dept. of Veteran Affairs, Home Land Security, NASA Defense spending, NSA, interest on un-paid defense debt and other defense related spending, we are over $1 trillion per year on Defense spending. The Federal deficit and debt is the greatest threat to our freedom we have faced yet, we can destroy China or Russia in thirty minutes or less with nuclear missiles from one or two subs, how much do we really need to spend to be safe ?. Before Bush doubled military spending we had 4 straight balanced budgets and had we simple stayed on course our federal debt would be nearly paid of by now. Clearly our greatest enemy is our own military industrial complex driving us into un-payable debt, who will defend us from the enemy within.
Jul 7, 2013 10:25AM
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As I peruse this blog, I find some responses reminds me of the old phrase..."  If you think education is expensive try ignorance"....This country will spend over 3 trillion dollars pursuing a gang of thugs. I sure,  some of that money could have been used here at home.
Jul 7, 2013 10:21AM
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Military spending could be cut by two thirds with no loss of security. Sorry Lockheed, GD, Boeing, but the world doesn't need your junk. Medical spending could also be cut by the same amount with no loss of health. Doctors should not be millionaires. These are two of the biggest scams in history.
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What a waste of taxpayer dollars, thanks for putting us  17 trillion in debt, usless war mongers.

Jul 5, 2013 7:33PM
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rome  did it other  empires  did and they all went  down the  dumper  partly  because of this----------------- USA no exception-------- going  down dumper too  ever  since  Nam
Jul 5, 2013 8:22PM
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Oh Yea! just dial USA 911 and let the American sucker tax payers shed their money and their blood.
Jul 5, 2013 6:45PM
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The US spends more than 4 times the next largest spender on military??? More than FOUR times more?? And, the Washington Taliban still doesn't feel safe???  We have the NSB, FBI, Homeland Security, Local police and sheriff depatments, State Patrol, NTSB, Air Traffic Controllers, Secret Service, Capitol Police in every state and around the taliban headquaters, University Police, Border Patrol, Harbor Police, Marine Police, Coast Guard, US Marshalls, Aircraft Police, Body Guards, Private Investigators, Private Security Officers, and what all did I forget?  And, the Taliban still wants to take away our guns?  They want no other country to have nuclear power?  They must be scared shittless.  Maybe they feel safer because they are "transparent."
Jul 6, 2013 12:43AM
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Simply using dollar values distorts the actual value of what's built. China for example doesn't include 10 million profit per plane for the corporate heads nor $50 an hour per employee to build them. China could probably build 3 comparable jets for the same cost as us building one. The same for ships, tanks, missiles etc.
Jul 5, 2013 7:59PM
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The Roman Empire fell apart when it guaranteed food and shelter to all who came to Rome and then couldn't pay the far flung Legions because they were broke.  Kind of shows that the military is far more important than welfare recipients, eh?
Jul 5, 2013 11:58PM
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If Israel had to pay for their own military equipment, supplies, support, pay & benefits, the conscripts used to fight the wars it starts, the U.S. and other countries that were forced to invade their past advisories through it's Special Interest Groups & Lobbyists, and the false flag/covert operations against it's neighbors and allies, ALL PAID FOR BY THE U.S. TAXPAYERS - Israel would had made the Top Five List of Military Spenders.
Jul 6, 2013 9:15PM
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Also, remember,

 

Europe leans on and expects the U.S. to Defend it!

 

Secondly, China's figure is misleading.  We pay our standing army soldiers ... what ... $20,000? 

Maybe more, plus fringe benefits, and officers more by far.  China pays its men ... what $3000?

Thus more of its money buys tanks and ships and planes.  Not a straight apples to apples comparison of who is building up a military force.  China is expanding power and Obama is dismantling ours.

Jul 9, 2013 9:58AM
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Goes to show you can't buy love--or obedience either.   The collapse of the Soviet Union made us think we had the Middle East all to ourselves.  We were really better of when it was the Russians' problem.  We pay the lion's share of NATO funding so we can tell the Europeans what to do, but they don't listen to us, and they like us less every day.  We should follow the advice of such diverse Americans as George Washington, Dwight Eisenhower, and Ron Paul and "avoid foreign entanglements."
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