Thursday, November 18, 2010

WAR-- Hunh!

likes to point out, when some Americans get to using "liberty" as a synonym for "conservatism", that our reluctance to ever question military spending might just be contributing a bit to the tax burden that preoccupies conservatives.

The Telegraph has up an infographic about US military spending. And it's an infographic, so there's obviously some simplification going on. But still, seriously?

The US spends more on its military than the next 19 biggest spending nations combined.

There's no earthly way you can justify spending that much on the military unless you're at war with the world. And man, any time you find yourself at war with the world for half a century, it's probably time to reevaluate your foreign policy. Because at that point, your sphere of influence is probably so big the Vandals will start finding nice, big holes in your defenses.


  1. Won't argue the military budget but will point out that it includes humanitarian missions often.

    Like the air craft carriers that went to Indonesia to help with the tsunami or to Haiti for the earthquake.

  2. Like it or not - our military defends more than just the US. Our military spending reflects that.

    If you want a little Clausewitz, consider it as diplomacy bt other means.