It's not like anyone is nipping at our heels, about to take a bite of our Military Might ...
2010 Defense Spending by Country
by rickety -- June 4, 2011
The eighteen nations with the largest military budgets in 2010 are shown in the chart above. The United States, with a budget of $698 billion, spends more on defense than the next seventeen nations combined. The United States military spending is almost six times that of the next biggest spender, China ($119 billion) and more than eleven times that of Russia ($59 billion).
Yet dare to reallocate some of those World-record-breaking funds, and you take your political future into your hands ...
What will the American people think, if one day America is no longer "the biggest kid on the block"? ... Oh My!
Who would listen to us then ... ?
For those who prefer a little pie, with your data ...
World Military Spending
by Anup Shah, globalissues.org -- May 02, 2011
The USA is responsible for 43 per cent of the world total, distantly followed by the China (7.3% of world share), UK (3.7%), France (3.6%), and Russia (3.6%).
Well long as it's money well spent. As long as Americans can maintain our American way of life, who are we -- mere Americans -- to question the wisdom of such overwhelming investments?
It is such
unchallenged sleeping-dog expenditures, that makes us the Exceptional Country that we are in the first place -- one that no one else would dare to cross. The world stands in awe of such unrivaled Military Might -- as well they should ...
US military budget comparison
by jagadees -- August 5, 2011
Yet dare to dial back on some of these record-breaking Military expenditures, dare to invest some of those Billions elsewhere, and watch out because you may be putting your own political future on the line ... Americans just might take it as a sign of weakness, or worse ... they might not re-elect you!
President Obama and the defense budget: a factoid that falls short
by Glenn Kessler, WashingtonPost -- Jan 12, 2012
Without a doubt, the United States has the most powerful military in the world, in part because it is the world’s only global power with global responsibilities. The Web site Globalfirepower.com ranks countries based on 45 factors, and the United States tops many of the charts. Here’s one small statistic: The United States had 11 aircraft carriers, as of the end of last year; no other country had more than two. The United Kingdom even is mothballing its single aircraft carrier.
But the president appears to be arguing that the United States has a strong military because its budget is larger than those of the next 10 largest countries combined. The mostly widely cited public source for this claim is the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, whose military expenditure database suggests that the U.S. military budget is bigger than those of the next 19 countries combined.
The Pinocchio Test
The president’s statement was carefully crafted. He cited this fact as an observation but did not directly claim that it was a reason why the defense budget could be cut. However, he certainly left the impression that the statistic was a measure of U.S. military power, offering it as a demonstration of why the budget would keep the “nation secure.” Moreover, giving a presidential imprimatur to such a suspect statistic is probably not good practice; we were swayed by SIPRI’s words of caution in drawing conclusions about military capability from spending figures.
We nearly gave this our “true but false” rating but ultimately settled for one Pinocchio, which can mean “no outright falsehoods” but a selective telling of the truth.
Well long as the 'telling of the truth', was selectively tailored so as not to send the world's greatest Military Superpower into an out-right panic, well then the Commander of that Military Superpower, can get by with by with a paltry One Pinocchio demerit rating, from the fact checkers that be.
With so many jobs on the line, goodness knows this is No time to collect on a "peace dividend" or anything -- what is the President thinking, cutting back on our oh-so meager Military Budget ... the Republicans will be sure to whine.
Doesn't he know that ordinary Americans will never stand for that? Neither will the War Hawks in the Think-tanks, who are always on the warpath for that next unseen but unavoidable military threat, somewhere out there, in the shadows.
How do you think America became the "biggest kid on the block", in the first place anyways -- Steroids?
Hah! Nah, it was downright American Tax-payer investments. Step right up folks, we got another installment payment to pony up for, just around the corner.
As per usual.