U.S. Air Force keeps fleet of aging warhorses flying." Eric Talmadge was the author, and he does not work for the Military Industrial Complex (MIC), but the MIC is not run by a bunch of idiots. They're very clever about strategy and timing.
1. The USA spends almost as much on defense than the rest of the world combined. Here are our competitors:
Comparing military and education spending:
The defense budget (WITHOUT including the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars):
What this graph shows is that if that feared trillion dollar defense sequestering happens beginning next year, the military budget will still catch up to all-time highs! This is ridiculous. There is no Soviet Union anymore. The Cold War is over. China will posture, but it does not want to conquer the U.S. Well, maybe economically, but not at war. We need to initially cut our defense budget in half, then, depending on what is required to handle those pesky terrorists, further reduce military spending. There are other priorities like education, infrastructure, global warming and energy that overwhelm our need to police the world.
I can go on and with visuals, but here is why we spend so much on defense:
2. The Military Industrial Complex provides considerable funds to political candidates, more to Republicans than Democrats, who tend to vote according to this support.
Let me, though, quote from a HuffPo posting entitled, "Public overwhelmingly supports large defense spending cuts":
Dwight D. Eisenhower, who warned us of the Military Industrial Complex more than half a century ago. You can also read his entire speech. And here is the story behind Eisenhower's final address to the people.
So how can we reduce the military budget? Let your Congressional members and White House know how you feel. Will this work? Probably not, but I can't think of anything else.