I've known for years that the US spends more on defense than any other ten nations combined but somehow this really put that in perspective for me.
Are there any sane arguments to justify this?
I'm sure guys like MOTO feel the US needs to have the biggest military but, holy fuck, you could halve that military budget and still have more than Russia, China and India (the next biggest three) combined.
Of course being an evil socialist type I'd like to see that money redirected towards things like universal healthcare and education but surely even die-hard right-wingers have to see that's a fuckload of money being wasted and if you just trimmed it down to a less obscene number you could even just cut taxes or club more baby seals or whatever it is right-wingers really want.
Point is, the size of this budget is insane and that should be apparent no matter where you fall on the political spectrum. Right?
So why is it like this? Can anyone suggest some good reading material for how things got this way and why it continues?