12 Facts About Military Spending…

America spends more on its military than 15 Countries Combined.



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In 2007, the $11 billion that was labeled ‘wasted’ or ‘lost’ in Iraq – could pay 220,000 teachers salaries.

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America’s defense spending doubled in the same period that its economy shrunk from 32 to 23 percent.

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The yearly cost of stationing one soldier in Iraq could feed 60 American families.

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The total known land area occupied by U.S. bases and facilities is 15,654 square miles — bigger than D.C., Massachusetts, and New Jersey combined.

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Each day in Afghanistan costs the government more than it did to build the entire Pentagon.

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In 2008, the Pentagon spent more money every five seconds in Iraq than the average American earned in a year.

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The pentagon budget consumes 80% of individual income tax revenue.

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Two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Defense Department still has more than 40 generals, admirals or civilian equivalents based in Europe.

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The amount the government has spent compensating radiation victims of nuclear testing ($1.5 billion) could fully educate 13,000 American kids.

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

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The U.S. has 5% of the world’s population — but almost 50% of the world’s total military expenditure.

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