From US Army Official Website
Each year, officially, acknowledged in the national budget, the United States spends some approximately $700 billion for “defense” – to say weapons, institutions to deploy them. The balance of the world spends a bit less than that cumulatively. This number, however, is naturally deceptive (paranoids usually hide their truths) and scarcely tells the whole story. The 7 hundred billion is the Department of Defense budget. Included within it, for example, is not the cost of the manufacture and maintenance of our nuclear weapons, which falls under the Department of Energy 28 billion dollar budget. Nor does the CIA’s massive budget – it comes under “Security.” Nor the new Homeland Security Agency. And so on.
FBI counter-terrorism $2.7 billion At least one-third FBI budget. International Affairs $10.1–$54.2 billion At minimum, foreign arms sales. At most, entire State budget Energy Department, defense-related $20.9 billion Veterans Affairs $66.2 billion Homeland Security $54.7 billion NASA, satellites $3.4–$8.5 billion Between 20% and 50% of NASA’s total budget Veterans pensions $58.4 billion Other defense-related mandatory spending $7.5 billion Interest on debt incurred in past wars $57.7–$228.1 billion Between 23% and 91% of total interest Total Spending $1.003–$1.223 trillion
Also one of the nation’s larger money-makers in the export realm is armaments, much of which is not included in the “Defense” budget, though our collective energies are consumed in the making of these exports. To say the financial cost to American society for its cumulative expenditures on so-called defense is in wildly out of proportion to any supposed threat, as shown in the expenditures which our would-be opponents spend. America’s culture is deeply distorted by this obsession with “defense,” which in truth is not at all defense, but rather an aggressive, historically grounded, offense.
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Domestically this distortion is shown in the incapacity of the Congress to address the militarization of our society, as exampled in the difficulty of closing military facilities – bases, factories – owing to their role in the economy. Likewise in cultural terms – as seen in video games, in the production of the major producers of “entertainment,” as seen in our sports – we have become (or perhaps always were?) increasingly violent, finding cathartic “solutions” in simply killing those with whom we disagree. Our daily lives are littered with the by-product – the numerous rampage killings that fill the headlines, that leads to endless empty philosophising from our erstwhile pundits as to why we have such a consistent pattern of socio-pathological behavior. To understand why one need only look at our government’s behavior, at our mass media, at our sports mania, and finally at our own collective willful denial. America is a violent, ugly, destructive society, which wreaks havoc on the world at the drop of a pin, that sucks up the material wealth of the world in wild disproportion to our numbers, all the while claiming rhetorically to be ever the white-hatted good-guy.
Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes … known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few.… No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.
— James Madison, Political Observations, 1795
Since its inception America has always been at war with itself – though largely suppressed there has always been a minority which rejected and resisted the processes of colonization, who defended the original native population, who fought and denied the legitimacy of slavery, who resisted the wars of expansion (Mexico, Spanish-American), and more recently those incursions and wars in Central America, the Caribbean, Viet Nam, Iraq and Afghanistan. But, in the cumulative history of the United States of America, warring has persistently overwhelmed and defeated the tendencies of peacefulness. The present day is little different.