The United States government has a long history of policing the globe and occupying other countries. What the majority of Americans don’t realize is that these wars have little to do with keeping the country safe and everything to do with propping up a military-industrial complex that has its sights set on world dominance. However, the United States government has a long history of policing the globe and occupying other countries. War has evolved into a hugely lucrative business endeavor, and the United States government, with its immense military empire, is one of the top customers and dealers of the industry’s products.
The Price of Keeping Order Throughout the World
According to reports, the United States military has more than 1.3 million men and women serving in active duty positions, with more than 200,000 of that personnel stationed overseas in virtually every nation on the planet. The Pentagon has a policy of not fully announcing where and how many troops are deployed for the sake of “operational security and giving the adversary any advantage,” so those figures are probably substantially lower than they actually are.
Surprisingly, the United States military is not being sent overseas in order to defend our liberties here at home in the United States. Instead, they are being deployed to secure oil fields, create foreign infrastructure, and preserve the financial interests of the corporate elite in order to fulfill the purposes for which they were originally intended. The protection of oil resources in other parts of the world consumes around 81 billion dollars worth of the annual budget of the United States military.
More than 160 nations are home to one of the approximately 800 bases that are a part of the US military’s global empire, which operates at an annual cost of more than $156 billion. As investigative journalist David Vine notes, “Even American military resorts and pleasure zones located in locations such as the Bavarian Alps and Seoul, South Korea, might be considered bases in some sense. More than 170 golf courses are managed by various branches of the armed forces across the world.”
Military Spending is Bankrupting America
The United States of America spends more on its military than the next 19 nations combined, despite the fact that its population represents just 5% of the world’s total population. As a result, the United States claims approximately 50% of the world’s total military expenditure. In point of fact, the United States Department of Defense spends more money on war than the fifty individual states do on health care, education, welfare, and public safety combined.
Since 2001, the United States federal government has spent nearly $4.7 trillion dollars fighting its never-ending conflicts. Co-opted by avaricious defense contractors, crooked politicians, and inept government officials, America’s expanding military empire is draining the country of resources at a rate of more than $32 million every hour, which is causing the country to go bankrupt.
The federal government of the United States is maintaining a military empire that it cannot afford while spending money that it does not have. It is unfortunate that even if we were to put an end to all of the government’s military meddling and bring all of the troops home today, it would take decades to pay down the price of these wars and get the government’s creditors off of our backs. This would be the case even if we put an end to all of the government’s military meddling.
It is time for the government of the United States to cease trying to police the rest of the world. These conflicts overseas are not making the United States of America or the rest of the world any safer. They are also not making the United States of America great again, and they are undoubtedly driving the United States further into debt. The US military-industrial complex has built an empire with a breadth and scale that are unparalleled in the annals of history. This empire is devoted to maintaining a state of permanent conflict throughout the whole planet. The only way to break this cycle of violence and debt is to bring the troops back home and loosen the hold that the military-industrial complex has on power. Only then will we be able to put a stop to this vicious cycle?
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