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  •  Percentages Can be Misleading (2+ / 0-)
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    Nominal values are available.

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    The Pluto Chronicles. You want reality? You can't handle reality!

    by Pluto on Wed Mar 10, 2010 at 01:32:06 PM PST

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    •  Why don't you post them then? (0+ / 0-)

      Context, buddy-- context.

      Their real God is money-- Jesus just drives the armored car, and his hat is made in China. © 2009 All Rights Reserved

      by oblomov on Wed Mar 10, 2010 at 01:38:18 PM PST

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      •  I'm Not Your Research Assistant (5+ / 0-)

        You don't like my numbers, go get some of your own and disprove them. The context is political/neocon. Our never ending proxy-war/money-pump with Russia as the communist boogyman.



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        The Pluto Chronicles. You want reality? You can't handle reality!

        by Pluto on Wed Mar 10, 2010 at 01:50:08 PM PST

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        •  Not in the slightest bit responsive (0+ / 0-)

          US 2008 arms exports of $6BB seems low in any case, and your other chart is still percentages.

          How many times the figure for arms exports in 2008 was the figure for US 'total exports'?

          [The] Department of Defense has agreed so far this fiscal year to sell or transfer more than $32 billion in weapons and other military equipment to foreign governments, compared with $12 billion in 2005.

          http://www.nytimes.com/...

          With the release of December 2008 U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services report by the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. exports of goods and services grew by 12.0% in 2008 to $1.84 trillion, while imports increased 7.4% to $2.52 trillion.

          http://www.trade.gov/...

          So total 2008 exports of 2.52TT is equal to about 80 times the $32BB (where did you get $6BB-- we sell or give almost that much just to Israel every year) amount of 2008 arms exports.

          I am with you on Jundullah, tho.

          Their real God is money-- Jesus just drives the armored car, and his hat is made in China. © 2009 All Rights Reserved

          by oblomov on Wed Mar 10, 2010 at 02:19:06 PM PST

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          •  The Operative Word is "Durable Goods" (1+ / 0-)
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            ...not "exports."

            You're tripping over your numbers in the wake of a military coup in the US.

            Americans are sure slow on the uptake.

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            The Pluto Chronicles. You want reality? You can't handle reality!

            by Pluto on Wed Mar 10, 2010 at 02:28:53 PM PST

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            •  The point is that altho US military exports (0+ / 0-)

              doubled from from what you claim was $6BB (and what I claim was much more, a fact you have failed to address) during the period 2000-2008, and non-military durable goods exports remained essentially unchanged, your percentage analysis overlooks that the arms exports are a small fraction of durable goods exports.

              I know that at Davos you'd like to put on a mask and break some windows, but let's keep it real here.

              Their real God is money-- Jesus just drives the armored car, and his hat is made in China. © 2009 All Rights Reserved

              by oblomov on Wed Mar 10, 2010 at 04:31:56 PM PST

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