Glen Greenwald tackles something few politicos in DC would dare — the sacred cow known as the bloated U.S. military budget.
The facts about America’s bloated, excessive, always-increasing military spending are now well-known. The U.S. spends almost as much on military spending as the entire rest of the world combined, and spends roughly six times more than the second-largest spender, China. Even as the U.S. sunk under increasingly crippling levels of debt over the last decade, defense spending rose steadily, sometimes precipitously. That explosion occurred even as overall military spending in the rest of the world decreased, thus expanding the already-vast gap between our expenditures and the world’s. As one “defense” spending watchdog group put it: “The US military budget was almost 29 times as large as the combined spending of the six ‘rogue’ states (Cuba, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Sudan and Syria) who spent $14.65 billion.”
As much as it pains me to say this, Washington will never solve it’s budget deficit by having some spending priorities untouchable, like the military. Especially, if you’re just going to roll out the same out tired solutions routed in the warfare of the past.