The entire world excluding the United States, the "peace keeper", spends only $500,000,000,000 per year on killing machines and support for those killing machines.
Thus, the United States, the "peace keeper", alone spends $623,000,000,000 per year on killing machines and support for those killing machines.
We are the big spenders on killing machines and support for those killing machines.
We spend $123,000,000,000 more than the REST OF THE WORLD COMBINED on killing machines and support for those killing machines.
As we talk PEACE?
Is there any wonder General Dwight David Eisenhower, then President of the United States, WARNED the citizens, yes, warned the people of the United States?
Yes, he warned us about THE MILITARY being wedded to industry, being wedded to the middle class, and being wedded to the working class.
A wedding made in hell in order to forge the warring class, the killing class. Eisenhower was not alone in this warning:
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, emphasis added). Our founding fathers and mothers taught us to suspect that War is the greatest enemy of the people. Has war been increasing and liberties waning lately?
Our propaganda engines have tried to educate you and I into believing the opposite. That is a sure fingerprint of white ops, or 'good' psychological operations as they are called in the industry.
But obviously the warnings went unheeded and the consequences have been suffered, are being suffered, and will continue to be suffered for who knows how long.
Let me finish by saying there is hope that this disastrous and catastrophic public policy is going to subside, because Gates is talking of cutting spending on the killing class.
We could save $123,000,000,000 every year by spending the same amount as all the rest of the world combined spends on the enemy of the people, killing machines.
Think how much we could save if we just matched the two or three largest nations in the world?!
So, do you feel thrifty or do you feel like killing somebody?
UPDATE: Another take on this subject matter.