War Is The Health of the States

INGSOCAaron Cynic writes at Diatribe Media:

Once again, the military industrial complex is howling about money, with its most fervent supporters knowing that the U.S. government is completely broke, but believing budget cuts have to come from somewhere that isn’t the DOD. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Wednesday that another round of cuts aside from the $350 billion called for in August is “nuts” and would be a “doomsday mechanism,” according to The Hill.

Since the year 2000, defense spending has increased 86%, not counting funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with other money going to the general “War on Terror.” The DOD budget has increased in size every year, and by the end of FY2011, total military spending including ongoing wars will nearly hit $3 trillion.

In no uncertain terms, Panetta hinted that even if conflicts were to end, defense spending would not decrease “on his watch.” At the Association of the U.S. Army conference, Panetta said in the past, the military was “hollowed out” at the end of major conflicts and said “we must never make that mistake again.” In other words, though we spend more money each year on the military, it will never be enough, and enacting a small portion of cuts, drawn out over a decade, is more dangerous to national security than a new Soviet Russia teeming with Osama Bin Ladens.

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  • Anti-Citizen1

    Fucking madness…

  • Anarchy Pony

    Fucking madness…

    • Gordo Freemins

      snafu

      • Anarchy Pony

        fubar

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    > Since the year 2000, defense spending has increased 86%

    Well in all fairness, the value of the dollar has decreased by about 86% since 2000.

    Nonetheless it is worth noting that:
    The US spend more on “defense” than all the countries of the world combined.
    The US spends every dime it collects in taxes and duties on “defense.”
    It has the largest Military in the world and there isn’t even a close #2.
    The US has 1000 bases in over 60 different countries.

    No wonder Panetta said the cuts are “nuts” and would be a “doomsday
    mechanism,

  • BuzzCoastin

    > Since the year 2000, defense spending has increased 86%

    Well in all fairness, the value of the dollar has decreased by about 86% since 2000.

    Nonetheless it is worth noting that:
    The US spend more on “defense” than all the countries of the world combined.
    The US spends every dime it collects in taxes and duties on “defense.”
    It has the largest Military in the world and there isn’t even a close #2.
    The US has 1000 bases in over 60 different countries.

    No wonder Panetta said the cuts are “nuts” and would be a “doomsday
    mechanism,

  • Mr Willow

    War is Peace.

  • Mr Willow

    War is Peace.

    • GoodDoktorBad

      just as health is constant sickness….

  • V.

    dooms day nothing, they should just make the people they attack pay them protection money like the mob that they really are ,ape and pillage and show who they really are instead of hidding behind the people, then they can feel what it is to be truly unpopular (the true price of war, other disgust). I dont want to support them with my money, i can defend myself and if the threat is so great that i get overwhelmed and die so be it, everyone has their time and in the end im just another brick in the wall wont be missed. I just want to enjoy my time here without feeling overly important.

  • V.

    dooms day nothing, they should just make the people they attack pay them protection money like the mob that they really are ,ape and pillage and show who they really are instead of hidding behind the people, then they can feel what it is to be truly unpopular (the true price of war, other disgust). I dont want to support them with my money, i can defend myself and if the threat is so great that i get overwhelmed and die so be it, everyone has their time and in the end im just another brick in the wall wont be missed. I just want to enjoy my time here without feeling overly important.

  • Anonymous

    just as health is constant sickness….

  • Gordo Freemins

    snafu

  • Anti-Citizen1

    fubar

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