Interesting that I would find the article below at the Army Times website. I never saw it on one of the mainstream media outlets. I certainly wouldn't hear about it on Fox. Why wouldn't MSNBC be shouting this from the rooftops. We now spend in excess of $1 trillion per year on Defense and the ongoing costs of our past military ventures. The GOVERNMENT spreads it around within their budgets to obscure the true cost. The following chart tells the true story.
Even though we have a Democratic President and an overwhelmingly Democratic Congress, the Defense Department budget went up by 4% over 2009 to $533.7 Billion. Supplemental costs related to Iraq and Afghanistan went up from $75 billion to $130 billion. We have the same amount of troops in Iraq as we did when Obama came to power. We have doubled the troops in Afghanistan and are planning to sacrifice more Americans in that hellhole. What does all of this tell me?
It tells me that the Military Industrial Complex is as strong as ever. They must be shoveling billions to Democratic criminal politicians. It is paying off. We need to open our eyes to this situation. Why aren't there millions of anti-war liberals marching in Washington and San Francisco hanging Obama in efigy as a war monger and baby killer? Why not?
We could save more than $1 trillion in the next decade if we come to our senses and realize that having American soldiers in 130 countries, fighting no win wars, and occupying the Middle East and provoking terrorism will drain our country of its last dime.
National Security Outlays in Fiscal Year 2006|
(billions of dollars)
|Department of Defense||
|Department of Energy (nuclear weapons & environ. cleanup)||
|Department of State||
|Department of Veterans Affairs||
|Department of Homeland Security||
|Department of Justice (1/3 of FBI)||
|Department of the Treasury (for Military Retirement Fund)||
|National Aeronautics & Space Administration (1/2 of total)||
|Net interest attributable to past debt-financed defense outlays||
|Source: Author’s classifications and calculations; basic data from U.S. Office of Management and Budget, Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2008 and U.S. Bureau of the Census, Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970.|
By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Sep 5, 2009 10:15:43 EDT
A speedier withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan would shave $1.1 trillion off the budget in the next decade, a new congressional budget projection says.
That would be a sizeable cut in defense-related spending from 2010 through 2019, which the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates at $7.4 trillion.
The budget forecast, issued as Congress is about to return from a summer break and confront questions about budget priorities and deficit spending, says defense costs are uncertain because budget analysts cannot predict the number of deployed troops and the pace of operations.
The $7.4 trillion price tag is based on the number of deployed troops remaining at about 210,000, but looks at two scenarios for reductions:
• A sharp reduction in troops over three years, resulting in $1.1 trillion in savings. Under this projection, the number of deployed troops falls to 160,000 in 2010; to 100,000 in 2011; to 35,000 in 2012 and to 30,000 from 2013 to 2019.
• A more gradual decline that shaves $700 billion off the $7.4 trillion defense spending estimate. It assumes 210,000 deployed troops in 2010; 190,000 in 2011; 150,000 in 2012; 100,000 in 2013 and 75,000 in 2014 and beyond.
The report does not suggest what the money saved from the withdrawal of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan should be used for, but the Defense Department surely would make a bid to keep at least some of it to pay for unfunded weapons modernization programs.
The budget and economic update notes that Congress has allocated $944 billion so far for Iraq and Afghanistan operations — $849 billion in direct spending by the Defense Department, $51 billion for diplomatic efforts, $42 billion to aid Iraq and Afghanistan police and military forces and $2 billion to cover costs such as increases in veterans benefits and services.