March 16, 2012
When it comes to its spending priorities America seems congenitally unable to focus on reality. Obfuscation being more highly prized than clarity. Nevertheless, we should recognize that as a percentage of GDP this country spends four to five times the money for military purposes as do other industrial states. In absolute terms we spend about one trillion dollars per year, dwarfing the competition. Recently, the Pentagon released its 2013 budget proposal, an undercounted proposal designed to misinform. To walk us through what's in it — and what's not but should be — I turned once again to Winslow Wheeler, one of the top experts on Pentagon budget numbers. Great job, Winslow! Total runtime forty minutes. Nīl igitur mors est ad nōs neque pertinet hīlum.