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  •  Some facts: (2+ / 0-)
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    Quicklund, Shockwave

    In 2011, Canada ranked 14th in the world in military spending in absolute terms, and 13th in terms of spending per capita. In terms of GDP we're way down the list at 83rd (which just means we have a high GDP per capita).

    •  83rd? (0+ / 0-)

      That is surprising. But 14th on the list for a nation of 30 million is a substantial outlay. At any rate, it is fair to say Canada would have to spend more were not American so powerful and friendly. But military expense alone does not account for Canada's economic successes.

      Assuming it did explain the difference, should not the finger point at the nation which hobbles its economy by military overspending?

      •  Not so surprising (2+ / 0-)
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        Shockwave, Quicklund

        There are a lot of countries where there's a lot more emphasis on guns than butter, and there's not much of an economy (and thus GDP) to begin with, either because the ruling government puts the emphasis on the guns, or because there's some sort of armed conflict going on where you need the guns lest you be overrun by the other side(s).

        Even the US, with its astronomical military budget, only ranks 10th in terms of GDP.

        What's interesting is that if you look at the top 10 you might notice some...shall we say regional disparity.

        1. Eritrea
        2. Saudi Arabia
        3. Oman
        4. United Arab Emirates
        5. Israel
        6. Chad
        7. Jordan
        8. Georgia
        9. Iraq
        10. United States

        •  First time I saw such a list: 1976 (0+ / 0-)

          Atop the list of military spending / GDP: Afghanistan. The rate wsas something like 30%!

          "Afghanistan?", I thought.  "Nothing ever happens there."

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