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Defense spending is very high. In fact, the government wastes a lot of money because defense contractors give millions of dollars to congressmen and senators, in order to ensure billions of dollars in defense contracts. Sometimes contracts in the tens of billions. You won't get a better return on investment if you were running a casino in Vegas.
Members of Congress recently voted for $500 million worth of Abram M-1 tanks. Tanks that the Defense Department has plenty of already, and doesn't want anymore. These tanks are very necessary in terms of national security, that is if Soviet tanks were posed to cross over into West Germany. But since there is no longer a Soviet Union, or West Germany, they are rather pointless.
The fact is the U.S. spends about 40% of the entire military budgets throughout the world. We spend more then the next top 10 spending nations. Many of those nations are our allies, such as Britain, France, Japan and Germany.
Military spending is driven by the American people told to "support the troops" and other cliches that when you think about it, don't make that much sense. Indeed, "support the troops" is used to get Americans to support a war or military conflict, such as Iraq or Afghanistan, not with appeals to the war being necessary or correct, but emotional appeals to the means to the war, the troops.
So when someone tells you we need to spend this much money on the military to "protect our freedoms", ask why Canada isn't threatened with invasion from these freedom haters, though they spend a lot less on the military. Watch them as they are stumped for a answer.