Saturday, September 27, 2008
Defense Spending during Bush Years
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Please keep in mind that this graph only includes budgeted "defense" spending. It does not include over 400 Billion in Supplemental War Funding.
Including the War Funding, American defense spending is considerably larger than all the rest of the defense spending on earth. The 700 Billion dollar spending bill for 2009 will be larger than ever. Take a look here
Are we safer? Of course not. Our position as the world's bully makes people hate us. Our tendency to include ourselves in every dispute around the world gains us more enemies. Our military and our diplomacy are designed to create conflict and then involve ourselves in those conflicts.
Our State Department, Intelligence Agencies and Defense Department are operated to do the bidding of the military industrial complex. They do not make us friends. They do not make us safer. They make us evil and spend money that we do not have.
But the military industrial complex has purchased the Democrat and Republican parties. It doesn't matter who you vote for, you vote will finance more war, more spending, more intimidation. McCain is already advocating INCREASING military spending above the present levels. Obama says that he will disengage from Iraq but will add soldiers to Afghanistan, continue our partnership with Israel, work to include Georgia in Nato, keep our bases in the Orient and Europe. Neither one will even attempt to cut military spending.
If this does not seem right to you, then please do not vote for the lesser of two evils. Vote for a Presidential Candidate who signed Ron Paul's Four Points Agreement.