Visual of Global Military Expenditures

How did the US propel itself so far ahead, to the point that it could, alone, comprise about half of global military spending?

Professor of history at Cornell University: “The idea that the commodification and suffering and forced labor of African-Americans is what made the United States powerful and rich is not an idea that people necessarily are happy to hear. Yet it is the truth.”

Even divided in half, the two halves of the US would still be tied for the lead in global military spending, 89 billion dollars each ahead of the number two spender, China.

Also notice how North Korea’s spending is represented by a pin-prick dot above South Korea, and that Iran’s budget is not high enough even to be given a number on the chart (it was under 10 billion in 2009).

It would take 16 billion dollars to clean up the un-exploded bombs the US left in Laos, which continue to kill thousands of people, mostly children.  But the US won’t pay it.


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  • Silverado

    This just proves that the fucking neocon war mongers are in full control of the Washington DC purse strings. Get rid of the war party, cut….I mean SLASH these god damned able atrocious war making budgets and then put a few of these criminals where they belong – behind bars and I’m betting America can heal and move on with confidence. Anything less and we’re all in constant bondage overseen by psychotic megalomaniacs running the military/industrial complex.

  • September 17, 2014 US Pursues 134 Wars Around the World

    The US is now involved in 134 wars or none, depending on your definition of war …The White House spent much of last week trying to figure out if the word “war” was the right one to describe its military actions against the Islamic State. US Secretary of State John Kerry was at first reluctant: “We’re engaged in a major counterterrorism operation,” he told CBS News on Sept. 11. “I think war is the wrong terminology and analogy but the fact is that we are engaged in a very significant global effort to curb terrorist activity… I don’t think people need to get into war fever on this. I think they have to view it as a heightened level of counter terrorist activity.” – Global Post

    December 24, 2013The Worldwide Network of US Military Bases The Global Deployment of US Military Personnel

    The US Military has bases in *63* countries. Brand new military bases have been built since September 11, 2001 in seven countries. In total, there are *255,065* US military personnel deployed Worldwide. These facilities include a total of 845,441 different buildings and equipments. The underlying land surface is of the order of *30* million acres. According to Gelman, who examined 2005 official Pentagon data, the US is thought to own a total of *737* bases in foreign lands. Adding to the bases inside U.S. territory, the total land area occupied by US military bases domestically within the US and internationally is of the order of *2,202,735* hectares, which makes the Pentagon one of the largest landowners worldwide (Gelman, J., 2007).

  • Mar 2, 2014 Jeremy Scahill, The One Party State – The War Party

    Is the United States of America an Oligarchy? During the 2014 ISFLC, Jeremy Scahill speaks on the fact that in today’s world behemoth corporations are able to buy off politicians and pull the strings to impact legislature. Washington, D.C. is a town that operates by campaign contributions and legal bribery in the form of campaign finance.

  • william beeby

    And yet the American tax-payer who of course foots the bill still lives in abject fear . Also remember the US has 17 separate intelligence agencies and of course a complete network of military bases and installations in every part of the world. Why are US troops and airmen etc. still in Germany in vast numbers ? To protect the Germans ? The Russians left Eastern Europe years ago but the Americans in Europe ? No they will never leave .

  • Jim G

    I think the only way to stop war is to have global corporations and the elite 0.1% pay for the defense budget as they are the ones who benefit – Dems as well as Repts. I see little difference between Hillary wanting a Walmart in every Chinese town and Monsanto seeds on every field and the Repts wanting to rule the world. As far as I can tell, they get their wet dream, we get tribulations.