Total Military Spending (Charts)

It’s no secret that the United States spends a tremendous amount of money on military spending.  Under the dubious name of “defense”, hundreds of billions of dollars are funneled into a machine that has to be justified (most commonly by pointless and manufactured wars).  Some charts:

I like the formatting of the numbers: $276,700,000,000.00.  That sounds like a lot of cash.  Then you’ve got Iceland at a much more modest $0.00. 

I hope the obvious question is, couldn’t this money be used for something better?  Or, better yet, what could be a worse use for hundreds of billions of dollars?  I’d like to think that the backlash against the Iraq War would help permanently move public sentiment.  But history, time and again, has shown that I’d be disappointed.

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