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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Yes, do not disturb the MIC by actually using diplomacy.

  2. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago


    MIC = Military Industrial Complex. For those who haven’t been paying attention (and I assure you, Putin & Assad pay attention):

  3. Becca

    Becca said, about 3 years ago

    Too late; we’re already disturbed. What the US governent needs is intensive therapy.

  4. drkala

    drkala said, about 3 years ago

    And we seem to have forgotten that what pulled down the USSR was that defense spending was so high that domestic needs went unmet. That and a long pointless war in Afghanistan.

  5. Darren Blair

    Darren Blair said, about 3 years ago


    You’re forgetting the fact that Soviet-Style Communism was horribly inefficient to begin with, leading to severe flaws within the nation’s infrastructure and an increasingly disgruntled populace.
    The USSR could pull off various fantastic feats if it made Manhattan Projects out of them, but life for the day-to-day citizen living in an Eastern Bloc nation wasn’t exactly sunshine and roses.
    What’s more, it is my understanding that military forces from the Satellite States took far higher casualties percentage-wise than the actual Russian forces in Afghanistan, fanning the already-existing flames of discontent.
    And don’t forget the rather embarrassing military performance of the early model HIND helicopters (which could slice their own tails off due to a series of oversights and defects) and BMP-1 IFVs (which were designed in such a fashion that just about everyone on board was guaranteed to die messily) in Afghanistan, which increased the Soviet death toll dramatically.

  6. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 3 years ago

    @Uncle Joe

    Thank you Uncle Joe, but I don’t know that school’s even teach Pres. Eisenhower’s warning conveyed in his farewell address. A recent discussion on those comments said his draft of that speech included the word, Congressional along with Military and Industrial.
    With nearly 50% of retiring politicians taking their many “retirement” benefits to new jobs as lobbyists, consultants, et al to companies who donated over the years to keep them employed, it is clear Ike was right to give us such warnings and we have failed our nation and ourselves by setting his warnings, along with those of Geo Washington and other founders, aside in favor of an “ends justify means” system of governing.
    Benjamin Franklin was asked if we had a Republic or a monarchy and he said without hesitation, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”
    I suggest to you, my neighbors, that if continue to allow the cannibalistic legislature in DC, as well as their smaller but equally divisive counterparts in the statehouses, to divide us and keep us from civil and respectful discourse on those issues upon which we can agree, we will lose our precious Republic, but not to a monarchy.

  7. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, about 3 years ago

    Do you realize that nothing you say makes any sense?

  8. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Joe: I suspect you’re aware as well that the ACTUAL budget is roughly TWICE what your graph shows, and that additional “black box” budget component goes directly to the MIC for “R & D”, and buying more junk, even in prototype stage, that does NOT WORK!!

    Only about 20% of the budget goes to personnel.

  9. Becca

    Becca said, about 3 years ago

    @MStevenson58 – I’ve been through therapy. T’ain’t my psycosis, but I and my fellow Americans have to deal with it. They’re just not ready to see the truth.

  10. Becca

    Becca said, about 3 years ago

    The system itself is broken, and all the politicians are on the take from their corporate masters. Doesn’t matter if you vote Dem or Rep, Left or Right: they’re just two doors into the same room. We have to build a different room.

  11. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago


    I suspect you’re aware as well that the ACTUAL budget is roughly TWICE what your graph shows

    Yes, this chart doesn’t show a lot of our spending, but the numbers for China & Russia are the DoD’s estimates, not their official numbers. Stevenson may not have figured out how to use Google yet.

  12. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    The Real Story of US defense spending. .

    Yes, Obama wants to reduce military spending as a portion of GDP. Ironically, the GOP did just that with the sequester.

    Meanwhile, many of the same people who say we are too broke to spend money at home, declare we must restore the funding, because “the military has to eat.”

    You’ve neatly managed to avoid actually taking a position yourself. ;^)

  13. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Toppling the Taliban regime & scattering the Al Qaeda training camps was a good idea. Did you know we pulled that off with only 1,000 ‘boots on the ground’?

    The occupation was a foolish mistake. Putting Karzai in power was Bush’s idea. There were far better choices out there, but they weren’t deemed sufficiently compliant to American interests. That all happened before Obama came to office. He inherited the bungle.

    Sadly, Obama believed Petraeus when he said we could stabilize the situation & went along with the generals’ surge. I wasn’t happy about that & I’m glad he finally came to his senses.

  14. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, about 3 years ago

    This is a joke, right? In the first place we are (except very nominally)no longer even in Iraq at all. And the number of troops on the ground in Afghanistan is at its lowest point in a decade, and will decrease to less than 40,000 by the beginning of next year, and to a very nominal amount by the end of 2014.

    But, that is not even the most major mistake of the entire chart! The GDP of 1967 was less than $2 trillion, and even if you took some 10% of that instead of the 9.5% shown, it would only amount to $200 billion. And the current GDP is about $16 trillion. And if you took some 4% (the chart is predicting a level of 3.4% by 2015 and a level of some 5% in 2011, so a level of some 4% now is not unreasonable) of $16 trillion, it comes out so a budget of some $640 billion!! So, the chart actually shows just how much MORE we are spending now on our military than we were then. Heck, if we were still spending even just 5%, we would be spending some 800 billion, and if we were spending the same 9.5% we would be then spending some $1.5 trillion, or more than ALL of the other countries of the world combined!!

    Is not simple mathematics a wonderful thing???

  15. mauimike6

    mauimike6 said, about 3 years ago

    I’m used to seeing KAL’s strips and panels in The Economist’s black-and-white paper magazine rendering. It’s great to see them HERE in their full-color splendor. KAL also does a terrific 12-month full-color calendar that’s usually pitched in The Economist beginning in October or November of each year. I’ve kept the ones I bought, even though the year’s over.

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