And they can carry a t-u-n-e !

“The U.S. military now has more people in its marching bands than the State Department has in its foreign service . . .”

From Nicholas Kristof’s column in today’s NY Times on the absurd, bloated, other worldly-sized US military. 

Most of us know that we spend more on our military than pretty much the entire rest of the world combined, but did you know:

• The United States maintains troops at more than 560 bases and other sites abroad . . .

• The intelligence community is so vast that more people have “top secret” clearance than live in Washington, D.C.

• The U.S. will spend more on the war in Afghanistan this year, adjusting for inflation, than we spent on the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, the Civil War and the Spanish-American War combined.

2 responses to “And they can carry a t-u-n-e !

  1. Interesting, you got no comments on this post.

    Thanks for writing this one. I didn’t know that its 560 bases.

    But these bases are one of the key ingredient that causes Anti-Americanism sentiments.


    • umer – these bases are something that most Americans don’t even know about and if they do, they don’t care, and if they DO care, they think it’s as it should be.

      That’s what makes us an empire and that’s what ultimately will take us down. I love much of what my country stands for and has stood up for, but I hate our militarism.


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