James Leroy Wilson's blog

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Can You Afford Wars of Choice?

Check out my latest at The Downsize DC Foundation. Excerpt:

Our biggest "competitor," China, spends barely 1/7 of our military budget, and less than half in terms of GDP. China and India combined -- with one-third of the world's population - spend less on their military than Britain and France combined, which is less than a quarter of what the U.S. spends.

In fact, the United States accounts for 48% of the entire world's military spending!

While other countries may have large armies - a man with a gun is cheaper than the sophisticated hardware U.S. politicians like to buy -- they do NOT have the means to impose their will on other countries. They can provide manpower and equipment for auxiliary roles to support U.S.-led wars, or for UN peace-keeping missions, but they lack the ability to wage Wars of Choice on other countries. They can't afford it. Well . . .

We Americans must now realize that we can't afford it either.

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