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The Pentagon Gets What It Wants

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Posted on Nov 29, 2010
U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Andy M. Kin

“If the Pentagon wants something, the logic goes, then it must be necessary,” writes Gregg Easterbrook in a recent examination of military waste. As a result, military spending has jumped 119 percent since 2001, 68 percent if you exclude the two wars fought in that time.

Gregg Easterbrook in The New Republic via Political Wire:

This year, the United States will spend at least $700 billion on defense and security. Adjusting for inflation, that’s more than America has spent on defense in any year since World War II—more than during the Korean war, the Vietnam war, or the Reagan military buildup. Much of that enormous sum results from spending increases under presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Since 2001, military and security expenditures have soared by 119 percent.

For most of that time, of course, the United States has been fighting two wars. Yet that’s not the cause of the defense-spending explosion. Even if the costs of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are subtracted, the defense budget has swelled by 68 percent since 2001. (All money figures in this article are stated in 2010 dollars.) The U.S. defense budget is now about the same as military spending in all other countries combined.

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fearnotruth's avatar

By fearnotruth, November 29, 2010 at 11:35 pm Link to this comment

And total federal spending has doubled since then as well. What’s the point?

point: too much then - too much now!

as for ‘pork’ - everyone wants their bacon, but what to do short of cutting it from
the congressmen’s rumps?

convert the sausage factory - spears in to plow shears - been done before - Rico
looks as happy civilian piloting as he probably was spotting, targeting, evacuating,
resupplying, ferrying, refueling, whatever - right-O, Rico?

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By PatrickHenry, November 29, 2010 at 7:17 pm Link to this comment

Wheres my peace dividend?

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By gerard, November 29, 2010 at 6:54 pm Link to this comment

WARS R US.

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By rico, suave, November 29, 2010 at 6:46 pm Link to this comment

Truth be told, the Pentagon also gets a lot of stuff it doesn’t want but is jammed down their throats anyway by spendthrift congressmen trying to pork up their districts.

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By rico, suave, November 29, 2010 at 6:44 pm Link to this comment

And total federal spending has doubled since then as well. What’s the point?

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