Thursday, February 7, 2008

Money Well Spent?

By the end of this year, the United States will spend upwards of $500,000,000,000.00 on defense - not counting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This has been billed as more money than every other nation on the planet. Combined.

Okay. Simple question. Could the United States military win a stand-up fight against the combined militaries of the rest of the planet? Then exactly what are we getting for our money?

Now, there is the question of whether that half a Trillion dollars is all in domestic spending, or if it covers money that the United States spends so that other countries don't have to. Still, that's an awful lot of money, and one wonders what the final ROI is.

1 comment:

ben said...

Wars, as in WWII, will never happen again. With the global economy and nukes we'll never see large nations go at it.

That said - if you're the one in charge (and the military industrial complex is definitely that "one") then it's money very well spent.

The question should be, what kind of lunatic lives and pays taxes in a country that uses it's tax dollars this way? It's getting kind of unbearable to live here - just from a common sense view point.