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Matt Wuerker for July 29, 2015

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    Dtroutma Premium Member over 3 years ago

    Too big to fail, well not, actually.

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    mikefive  over 3 years ago

    The numbers I found on Wikipedia and the U.S. State department do not support your contention. As a matter of fact, the numbers, in comparing them from one organization to another that contributed data, are so differentiated for the same countries as to make them questionable. However, although we outspend other countries by far, Mr. Wuerker, the totals in none of the contributors support your contention.

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    piobaire  over 3 years ago

    ^Perhaps some countries are deliberately vague, even misleading, as to how much they spend? That can cause the differences betweeen the results given by various analysts.

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    Reppr  over 3 years ago

    It doesn’t matter how well equipped your military is if you persist in negotiating from a position of weakness.

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    NeedaChuckle Premium Member over 3 years ago

    Thumbs up!

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    piobaire  over 3 years ago

    ^I agree. While I sometimes disagree with him, Mike is almost always thoughtful and respectful, able to give reasoned views, and able to back up his thoughts with facts. There are so many sources out there that discrepancies are bound to occur.

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    piobaire  over 3 years ago

    The main idea of Mr. Wueker’s offering for the day is what matters, not whether America outspends the next twelve countries or twenty, not whether America has 9,000 planes or 8,000. (Nobody has that many battleships, for heaven’s sake. I don’t believe there were that many in commission in the whole world during either world war. That’s just pedantry, however.) The idea is, why is America spending that much?

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    piobaire  over 3 years ago

    Lastly, the problem with having such a big miltary is that some joker’s going to say, “Hey, we got this here big military! Let’s use it!” Egads, look at most of the individuals running for president. I wouldn’t be comfortable with most of them owning a shotgun if they were my neighbors.

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    Motivemagus  over 3 years ago

    Here are some links backing up Matt’s cartoon.

    “The U.S. spends close to what the entire rest of the world spends in defense. $711 billion. Per year. The next closest is China at $143 billion.”“The M1 Abrams tank has seen more combat than just about any other tank on the battlefield today. It has never been knocked out by enemy fire. (Completely killed). Ever. “China has less than 500 Type 99 tanks, that have just been developed, and are not even close to being as good as the Abrams. We have 8,700 Abrams. “We have 10 aircraft carriers. The good kind. Everyone else has 10. Combined. And they are mostly small ships that can launch helicopters.“There are 8,400 attack helicopters in the world. The U.S. has 6,400 of them.”http://www.military1.com/all/article/402211-how-much-stronger-is-the-us-military-compared-with-the-next-strongest-power

    On spending: http://pgpf.org/Chart-Archive/0053_defense-comparison

    On rankings: http://www.globalfirepower.com/

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    Bozhi  over 3 years ago

    Powerful politicians in both parties are in the pockets of the war profiteers. Hillary voted to let Bush invade Iraq, and that was nothing but a huge profit for the military industrial complex.

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    ubablackhamma  over 3 years ago

    @BozhiWhen H voted for W to invade Iraq W had screamed from DC that if you didn’t support him you were unpatriotic and that you believed we should strike back for 9/11. That’s a paraphrase on my part but you get the jist. More importantly, nobody wanted to be painted as unpatriotic.

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    The Wolf In Your Midst  over 3 years ago

    Well, Sammy, the problem is that you have a split personality, and one of them has an ego that requires frequent flexing of “muscle” and sacrificing of the lives of others to feel “manly”.

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    mikefive  over 3 years ago

    “You managed not to give much information. The US spends 10X that of the next 10 countries and has been so for decades. The numbers may vary, but not by much.”♦Good grief, NG49. You could have copied and pasted the URL listed in my post and looked at the numbers yourself. They are ranked by expenditure. from two different sources. The International Institute for Strategic Studies lists us as having spent $581 billion. Following your scenario (10 times the next 10 countries, 10×581) we would have to spend 5.81 trillion which is patently absurd.. As for Mr. Wuerker’s assertion, the next twelve countries spent $645 billion.•The other listing is from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Although the numbers don’t exactly match the results work out the same.•As an aside, these two think tanks are ranked in the top ten world wide.

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    DrDon1  over 3 years ago

    Great cartoon! Should be nominated as one of the “Year’s Best!”

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    pam Miner Premium Member over 3 years ago

    Wow. I see that.

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    moosemin  over 3 years ago

    …and an increasing number of discontented citizens.

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    reynard61  over 3 years ago

    No. they expect other people (preferably poor people) to do the dying as they count their profits and watch their stocks rise.

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    scyphi26  over 3 years ago

    Yep. America in a nutshell. Doesn’t help that those next twelve countries also turn to US with their problems so they don’t have to.

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    mikefive  over 3 years ago

    “We are constantly told we are $18 trillion in debt, by your reasoning that is absurd as well.”♦$18 trillion is a real number. $581 billion is a real number. Think about it, NG49. It’s taken the lifetime of the country to get to $18 trillion in debt (too much of it in the last 15 years). The entire U.S. budget for 2014 was $3.77 trillion and you’re trying to say that the defense budget is $5.81 trillion?

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    DrDon1  over 3 years ago

    Why quibble about numbers! For some of us, the important point is that the United States spends too much on our military! And our mighty military produced what in North Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq?

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