The Real Welfare State: Military Spending Accounts for 58% of Federal BudgetSubmitted by We the People on Sat, 05/07/2011 - 05:23
A staggering 58% of the federal budget is devoted to “defense.” Granted, we are currently engaged in at least three wars – perhaps more, depending on your definition of “war.” Yet those wars, all of them, are wars of aggression. The doublespeaking propagandistic corporate puppets in the mainstream media may prefer the term “pre-emptive,” but the cold hard facts inarguably demonstrate that we invaded these nations wholly unprovoked – or least, if any provocation existed, it was partially of our own making.
Politicians love to talk about the need for a “strong defense,” and the fabricated “war on terror” has been extremely useful in propagating this fictional agenda. But where does defense end and aggression begin? We spend more on our military than the next 26 nations in the world combined. We have troops stationed in at least 150 countries around the world. When will Americans wake up to the grim reality that we are an imperial power, a modern empire?