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Is America a Peaceful Nation?

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The latest news coming from the U.S. once again puts us behind the question, of whether the U.S. is a peaceful nation or not. The military parade that was planned to be held later this year has now been postponed due to its cost, which is considered to be extremely high even for one of the most powerful countries in the world the New York Times stated:

“The abrupt decision to look into changing the parade date came as Defense Department officials said that the event could end up costing more than $90 million and as the Pentagon emerges from years of required budget caps…”

On the one hand such a gesture might indicate America is eager to stop its insane spending on its military, but on the other hand – this might also be a sign the States would save this amount of money to put it into real military action, since the country is still involved in a number of conflicts all around the globe.

According to Statista portal, the military budget of the United States for this year is equal to 610 billion dollars. How much is that? China, which is claimed to be one of the main opponents of the United States in the geopolitical arena, spends only about 228 billion dollars, which is 2.6 times less than the U.S. and Russia, the country that the U.S. tends to blame for military aggression in Syria, Ukraine and of having a negative influence on the entirety of Eastern Europe in general – is about to spend just 66.3 billion dollars on its defense this year, which is a little more than 10 percent of American military budget. We can’t even adequately compare the U.S. military budget with the one of such countries as France (57.8 billion dollars to be spent), the U.K. (47.2) and Germany (44.3). All combined, the three strongest European nations have military budgets 4 times less than the one America has.

United States spent 3.1 percent of its GDP on its military, which is way more than China (1.9), India (2.5) and France (2.2) spent and exceeds the average world index (which is equal to 2.2, just like it is in France) by almost 1 percent. However, if we add to this number the so-called “nondefense” spending of the U.S. federal budget (which includes transportation, education, health and housing benefits for the veterans of the U.S. army – no less than 610 billion dollars), we would get to a number of 1.2 trillion dollars spent on military connected operations overall, or – 6.3 percent of GDP. This is by far more than any other country spends with the only exception of Saudi Arabia.

And despite some true war hawks from the Republican side claiming that Donald Trump deserves the Noble Peace Prize, that he has brought peace on Earth and security to the world, this claim can’t be considered anything other than complete nonsense merely by analyzing the numbers listed above. However, for a significant part of the American establishment the continuous increase in military spending is a gift, since this is the “darkest” and most “nontransparent” part of the Federal budget. This simple fact was presented to the public for the first time last year, when the problems with accountancy at the Pentagon became widely-known:

“The Pentagon’s continued accounting problems are drawing particular scrutiny now because the Defense Department faces a congressionally mandated legal deadline of Sept. 30, 2017, to become ready for its first audit ever. Unlike every other U.S. government department, the Pentagon has never undergone an audit because its financial records are in such disarray…”

It is pretty obvious that nobody would count the number of rockets “sent” to the target or even “missed” (for instance, in Syria), the amount of ammunition spent during military operations all around the world (a world to which Trump was supposed to “bring peace”, yet it never happened), so this certainly leads to wide corruption opportunities for the American establishment, high-command and other officials involved into military spending control and regulation. Somewhere in the Middle East everything that has been stolen or, once again, “missed” could be listed as an accidental loss. Isn’t this convenient? Indeed, it is.

Not to get into conspiracy theories concerning the postponement of the planned military parade, but it doesn’t take a genius to realize that, in the States themselves, every single dollar spent on it, would be a matter of interest to civil society, so the corruption opportunities vanish, as well as the “reasonability” to organize it: this is not a distant warzone the public can only see on TV, this is your own country, where everything is far more transparent. So, what’s  the point of holding a military parade (even on a very worthy occasion: the commemoration of WWI veterans), if you can send another aircraft carrier to Syria’s shore, make a movie on how well you’ve performed there, “lose” some ammunition in “action” and fill your pockets with dollars? Since many U.S. military officials are highly incorporated in numerous outside business-schemes, this may be close to the truth.

This theory might sound like something completely unbelievable, but it is directly collaborated by this statement from Reuters:

“The recent watchdog reports on the Defense Department found that it lacks a unified, functioning accounting system. As Reuters reported in its 2013 series, the Pentagon has hundreds of independent systems, built ad hoc and some dating from the 1970s that are riddled with errors and incapable of sharing accurate data. Billions of dollars disappear from accounting records. The military has spent large sums building new systems meant to solve the problem, but so far they have not…”

And those were the billions of dollars American taxpayers gave to its military to defend them, so the military officials should be responsible for this considerable loss of money. Still, what is nowadays heard from Washington is the good old “God and Guns keep us strong…” narrative, rather than genuine actions which would make the system of military spending transparent and understandable for society.

And, there certainly is no doubt that the commemoration of U.S. military veterans should mean more for American society than merely aggression against sovereign states, the regimes of which are not convenient for the U.S. and have chosen not to follow the country’s current political vectors.

Author: USA Really