Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Cut Through the Hysteria and See the Man Behind the Wizard

Over on Talking Points Memo, Matthew Yglesias cuts through the bullcrap that keeps spewing out of right wingers's mouths. It's funny when you actually look at all the facts just how hyperparanoid conservatives are. They really believe this crap. They really are blinded and foolish. Moreover, I think they are attempting to divert attention from the debacle in Iraq, the horrendous non-actions with Katrina, and so on. Take a look at Santorum here in Pennsylvania talking up Iran as the "enemy of our generation!"

Let's crunch the numbers shall we. Yglesias links to several citations about military budgets in the Middle East. Let's take a look, shall we.

Iran's 2005 military budget at $6.2 billion

Iran's defense budget remains a fraction of the expenditure of its Arab neighbors in the Persian Gulf in per capita terms, according to the latest edition of Military Balance.

The spending by Iran is also the least as a percentage of the country's gross national product (GNP) in the region with the exception of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Military Balance, published by the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, puts Iran's defense budget for 2005 at $6.2 billion.

Saudi Arabia spends $25.2 billion - Israel spends $9.6 billion on military budget

And according to that source, the United States spent $478 billion in 2005 on defense. If you think about it, proportionally speaking, we're not getting the bang for our buck......

Meanwhile, Pakistan increases military budget by 15%

Pakistan recently unveiled a 1.09 trillion rupee (USD $18.16 billion) national budget for 2005-2006. The budget increased defense expenditures from 194 billion rupees in 2004-2005 to 223 billion rupees, a rise of more than 15%. Spending on development will also rise, and the overall increase in expenditures is 21%.

The largest single item is for the country's debt payments, which amount to more than 300 billion rupees. The government also vowed June 6 to undertake a wide network of roads, dams and other infrastructural work under the 272-billion-rupee Public Sector Development Program.

Pakistan also is a dictatorship, sits on nuclear weapons, and is where Bin Laden is purpotedly hiding....Does it strike anyone that this is odd?

Currently the entire world is spending nearly One Trillion Dollars!!!! on arms sales and military expenditures, with the United States taking about 45% of the total. Spencer W. Kimball was right.

We are a warlike people, easily distracted from our assignment of preparing for the coming of the Lord. When enemies rise up, we commit vast resources to the fabrication of gods of stone and steel -- ships, planes, missiles, fortifications -- and depend on them for protection and deliverance. When threatened, we become antienemy instead of pro-kingdom of God; we train a man in the art of war and call him a patriot, thus, in the manner of Satan's counterfeit of true patriotism, perverting the Savior's teaching.

Calls for Peace fall on deaf ears in the last days

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