The Military Industrial Complex Strikes Again: War Spending Will Bankrupt America

Authored by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute,

Mark my words, America’s war spending will bankrupt the nation.

For that matter, America’s war spending has already bankrupted the nation to the tune of more than $20 trillion dollars.

Now the Trump Administration is pushing for a $4.4 trillion budget for fiscal year 2019 that would add $7 trillion to the already unsustainable federal deficit in order to sustain America’s military empire abroad and dramatically expand the police state here at home. Trump also wants American taxpayers to cover the cost of building that infamous border wall.

Truly, Trump may turn out to be, as policy analyst Stan Collender warned, “the biggest deficit- and debt-increasing president of all time.”

For those in need of a quick reminder: “A budget deficit is the difference between what the federal government spends and what it takes in. The national debt, also known as the public debt, is the result of the federal government borrowing money to cover years and years of budget deficits.”

Right now, the U.S. government is operating in the negative on every front: it’s spending far more than what it makes (and takes from the American taxpayers) and it is borrowing heavily (from foreign governments and Social Security) to keep the government operating and keep funding its endless wars abroad.

This is how military empires fall and fail: by spreading themselves too thin and spending themselves to death.

It happened in Rome. It’s happening again.

Not content to merely police the globe, in recent decades, America has gradually transformed its homeland into a battlefield with militarized police and weapons better suited to a war zone.

Since taking office, President Trump—much like his predecessors—has marched in lockstep with the military. Now Trump wants $716 billion to expand America’s military empire abroad and billions more to hire cops, build more prisons and wage more profit-driven war-on-drugs/war-on-terrorism/war-on-crime programs that eat away at the Fourth Amendment while failing to make the country any safer.

Even the funds requested for infrastructure will do little to shore up the nation’s crumbling roads, bridges, railways, highways, power grids and dams.

No matter how your break it down, this is not a budget aimed at perfecting the Union, establishing justice, insuring domestic tranquility, providing for the common defense, promoting general welfare, or securing the blessings of liberty for the American people.

No, this is a budget aimed at pandering to the powerful money interests (military, corporate and security) that run the Deep State and hold the government in its clutches.

So much for Trump’s campaign promises to balance the budget and drain the swamps of corruption.

The glaring economic truth is that at the end of the day, it’s the military industrial complex—and not the sick, the elderly or the poor—that is pushing America towards bankruptcy.

As investigative journalist Uri Friedman puts it, for more than 15 years now, the United States has been fighting terrorism with a credit card, “essentially bankrolling the wars with debt, in the form of purchases of U.S. Treasury bonds by U.S.-based entities like pension funds and state and local governments, and by countries like China and Japan.”

The illicit merger of the armaments industry and the Pentagon that President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us against more than 50 years ago has come to represent perhaps the greatest threat to the nation’s fragile infrastructure today.

Having been co-opted by greedy defense contractors, corrupt politicians and incompetent government officials, America’s expanding military empire is bleeding the country dry at a rate of more than $15 billion a month (or $20 million an hour)—and that’s just what the government spends on foreign wars.

That does not include the cost of maintaining and staffing the 1000-plus U.S. military bases spread around the globe.

Incredibly, although the U.S. constitutes only 5% of the world's population, America boasts almost 50% of the world's total military expenditure,  spending more on the military than the next 19 biggest spending nations combined.

In fact, the Pentagon spends more on war than all 50 states combined spend on health, education, welfare, and safety.

War is not cheap.

Although the federal government obscures so much about its defense spending that accurate figures are difficult to procure, we do know that since 2001, the U.S. government has spent more than $1.8 trillion in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (that’s $8.3 million per hour).

That doesn’t include wars and military exercises waged around the globe, which are expected to push the total bill upwards of $12 trillion by 2053.

Mind you, these ongoing wars—riddled by corruption, graft and bumbling incompetence—have done little to keep the country safe while enriching the military industrial complex—and private defense contractors—at taxpayer expense.

Just recently, for example, a leading accounting firm concluded that one of the Pentagon’s largest agencies “can’t account for hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of spending.”

Just consider the fact that it costs American taxpayers $2.1 million per year for each soldier deployed in Afghanistan.

Imagine what you could do with that money if it were spent on domestic needs here at home.

Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen anytime soon, not as long as the money interests in Washington keep calling the shots and profiting from the spoils of war.

What began in 2001 as part of an alleged effort to root out al Qaeda has turned into a goldmine for the military industrial complex and its army of private contractors.

The problem we wrestle with is none other than a distorted American empire, complete with mega-corporations, security-industrial complexes and a burgeoning military. And it has its sights set on absolute domination.

Eventually, however, all military empires fail.

At the height of its power, even the mighty Roman Empire could not stare down a collapsing economy and a burgeoning military. Prolonged periods of war and false economic prosperity largely led to its demise.

What we have, however, is a confluence of factors and influences that go beyond mere comparisons to Rome. It is a union of Orwell’s 1984 with its shadowy, totalitarian government - i.e., fascism, the union of government and corporate powers - and a total surveillance state with a military empire extended throughout the world.

As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, this is how the police state wins and “we the people” lose.

Comments

nmewn takeaction Tue, 02/13/2018 - 20:14 Permalink

Russians attacking an installation, at night, without air cover and Russia equivacating on Russian losses by saying no "Russian soldiers" were involved. 

To be precise.

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I'm gonna throw this out there for everyone to nibble on and try to digest...suppose...just suppose, Putin didn't want "these Russian fighters" returning to the..."Motherland". The US and Russian command were in communication with each other while this was all going down. 

Anythings possible at this point, komrades.

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Oh look at the downies...lol...the sun must be coming up in the east and the dullards are spitting coffee on the screen.

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So many St.Pooty bots, so little time.

Ok then, all you "brilliant Russia apologists" just explain to me one thing, WHY didn't Russian state commanders on the ground (who were in communication with the US) NOT intercede on behalf of the "Russian fighters" who got slaughtered? 

Why...its almost like turning your back on your "contractors" in Benghazi, ain't it?

Truth sucks but try and get over it, they wanted them to die.

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Bes macholatte Tue, 02/13/2018 - 20:27 Permalink

The Military Industrial Complex Strikes Again: Trump's and Congress' War Spending Will Bankrupt America

there, fixed for you

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History doesn't repeat but it sure as hell rhymes! 

One more step to joining the fallen empires of history...

Over the cliff bitchez! 

#maga

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Shillinlikeavillan macholatte Tue, 02/13/2018 - 20:27 Permalink

Umm. No...

 

Socialist programs like medicare/medicaid/social security will bankrupt the US...

 

... as these programs alone suck up the entire fed taxes that the government takes in... never mind defense spending which is still much less than social security at this time...

 

The truth sucks:

usdebtclock.org

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LetThemEatRand nmewn Tue, 02/13/2018 - 21:00 Permalink

We could have far less taxation and all of the social programs that the Red Team keeps telling us we need to cut.  There always seems to be plenty of money for the MIC, NSA, CIA, banker bailouts, etc.  Remember the $750B that was conjured out of thin air for the bailouts, followed by $75B or so a month for YEARS for QE?  Remember the pallets of money that went to Iraq after operation Free Americans From Their Savings?  I could go on.  The only time either Team seems concerned with spending is when it involves spending money for the benefit of ordinary Americans, which is the very point of having a government.

I get so tired of this debate about "socialism" in the US when we are fascist, not socialist.  

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Bill Shockley nmewn Tue, 02/13/2018 - 23:25 Permalink

Please remember that socialists are not fascists. Fascism is better summed up as corporatism. It is an alliance between the corporations and the state usually but not necessarily involving the military. 

Our standing military is a make work social program for national defense and external political control. Hitler used the SS to control Germany internally much the way our president uses Homeland Security, the NSA, etc. These agencies report directly to the executive branch(the president) and are not under congressional control altho their budgets could be. Often heir budgets are secret.

Hitler started Volkswagen(the people's car) and the German Government still owns half of it, the other half is corporate.

The USA has fascist economics at present including the military industrial complex. Our corporations and banks control the money and so us. Economics and politics are not the same. When Hitler took power he was elected democratically but in 1933 the Reichstag (their congressional building) was burned and that was blamed on the left. The Left was rounded up and either killed or jailed.

Communists will always fight fascists to the death. Theyare in no way the same.

Hitler used the fire to gain special unconstitutional powers that eventually allowed him to assume dictatorial power in political terms called totalitarian power.

In the USA we have an inverted totalitarian system where citizens are frozen out of decision making in either party by corporate money(and many other means). All decisions favor the corporations, not the people.

 

We are living in a fascist dictatorship abet a very clever one.

Salvation will most likely involve governmental decapitation by external forces.

 

Now you know the script(this is Poli Sci 101).

Get your politics and economics straight and keepthem separate.

Prepare to fight for freedom of speech and assembly.

Assemble your defenses.

Hedge accordingly.

 

   Bill

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nmewn Bill Shockley Wed, 02/14/2018 - 06:12 Permalink

"Please remember that socialists are not fascists."

If Hitler, Strasser etal called themselves socialists that's good enough for me.

"We are socialists, we are enemies of today’s capitalistic economic system for the exploitation of the economically weak, with its unfair salaries, with its unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and property instead of responsibility and performance, and we are determined to destroy this system under all conditions.” - Adolph Hitler, 1927

I can't think of anyone ever "mistakenly" calling themselves a socialist unless they were an apologist ;-)

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CatInTheHat LetThemEatRand Tue, 02/13/2018 - 22:31 Permalink

Rand, you're correct. 

But since we live in a completely fascist state, the opposite of that isn't socialism anymore, it's human rights. The elites violate the human rights of others every single day in countries they turn into shitholes. And IsraHell is doing the same....come to think of it, IsraHell has a wall and is in the middle of ethnic cleansing of Palestinians and we are doing the same with illegal immigrants, shoot, and I will even legal ones too..

But I digress. I've been saying this for YEARS, but no one listens to me: what the ELites do to others they WILL DO TO US. But conservative political psychopaths have been too busy exploiting racism and bigotry in their voters to  get their policies against Americans passed and Democrats exploiting identity politics to get their policies of hate upon the American people passed, that no one can see that their being exploited, manipulated and lied too, while their criminal, treasonous psychopathic politicians prepare to turn America into an open air GAZA....AND VIOLATE THEIR HUMAN, CONSTITUTIONAL AND CIVIL RIGHTS.

If we could all just get together on this VERY issue above, we could organize. But everyone's has to know about it first. 

Incidentally this is why Pompeo, Wray and Coates went to Congress and lied their asses off today. They plan to 'meddle' in our next election. 

It ain't the Russians doing any of this shit. It's the dual Israelis in Congress.

We need to toss them out of power. 

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american1234 CatInTheHat Wed, 02/14/2018 - 08:38 Permalink

Excellent comment that goes unchallenged!! We American Nationals are being displaced with an imported slave labour force, much cheaper than sending our raw resources across the ocean. This only stops when WE STOP it; they have NOT met resistance, so why would they quit their murder and plunder?

http://fromthetrenchesworldreport.com/

Monday – Friday
12 pm – 1 pm Pacific Patriot Broadcast from the Trenches

 

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chestergimli Shillinlikeavillan Wed, 02/14/2018 - 00:19 Permalink

I guess you think that the SS system has taken all of that money out of the hands of all US citizens and stuck it in a hole in the ground.  WRONG!  They have invested all of it.  And they got the most when all of those baby boomers were working and earning.  Back in the 70s, an article I read some time ago said the SS administration had so much that they were thinking of dropping the retirement age to 60.  Then the Jews got hold of it and put it into the general fund and eliminated the separate SS fund.  I imagine that those SS monies wound up being stolen by the bankers just like Catherine Austin Fitts, who worked in the Treasury Department of Geo Bush Sr, said they had.

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nmewn TurtleSoup Tue, 02/13/2018 - 21:38 Permalink

Ask to see the money. Call them up and make an appointment to see "your surplus" MONEY!

There is none.

Its gone!!!

They have NON-NEGOTIABLE BONDS "backing up" what they have already stolen.

There-Is-No-Surplus.

Its like every other socialist ponzi scheme on the planet, the MONEY is gone, all they have is TAX EXTRACTION to make the next generation whole.

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Baron von Bud nmewn Tue, 02/13/2018 - 20:33 Permalink

We have vast war spending and smart young people won't join the military. The military has turned to low-IQ felons to fill the ranks in a hi-tech army. Anybody see a problem there? What exactly are we fighting all over the world? It can't be terrorists because they're on our payroll. Chinese, Russians? They're not playing - just sitting back and watching us self destruct. What are all these military bases doing? I get the feeling the whole thing is just a way to pump money into the economy to hold off collapse. This nation is off the rails and lost.

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Jack Oliver nmewn Tue, 02/13/2018 - 20:41 Permalink

I’m throwing this out there ! 

The 100 ‘mercenary’ Russian soldiers killed is - well - complete BULLSHIT ! 

The good ol Zio/US is trying to undermine Putin’s popularity ahead of Russia’s elections next FUCKING month !! 

The only reason the MSM claims they were ‘mercenaries’ is because it is difficult ( if not impossible ) to verify !! 

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rejected nmewn Tue, 02/13/2018 - 22:55 Permalink

Response from one Pooty bot. 

Seems the information is coming from US government and media. Have searched the net for a Russian response and have yet to see one with the exception they don't track Mercs. 

If you want to 'believe' it, great but I personally need much more than the US government to convince me the story is true. Guess we'll have to wait. 

Reading garbage like this is propaganda to me. Here's a link that states 640 Ruskie Mercs died. Stories seem to range from 100 to 640. 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5386503/More-640-Russian-mercen…

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Brazen Heist Aeonios Tue, 02/13/2018 - 20:27 Permalink

Make up shit about terries, go in and destroy entire nation states, swoop in as hero-liberator (with a little help from those MSM friends), selectively rebuild, take advantage of the host, piss off enough people to fight back, then....rinse and repeat.

All on the credit card too.

A winning recipe! Is there a Nobel Prize for racketeering?

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CompassionateC… Brazen Heist Tue, 02/13/2018 - 20:36 Permalink

You're right.  The internal threat is all these NRA white supremacist hilljacks shooting up the place with their sickening and immensely powerful assault weapons belching cop killer bullets.  Common sense gun control and hate speech control would clear up most of the problems in this country and make the real prize, white genocide, much easier. 

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