The Militarization of America Who Wins, Who Loses?. Prepared by Fund Our Communities Bring the War Dollars Home Of Maryland WITH INPUT FROM Oregon Peaceworks http://ourfunds.org www.oregonpeaceworks.org. How Much Do We Spend on the Military?.
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Bring the War Dollars Home
WITH INPUT FROM
Source: War Resisters League, https://www.warresisters.org/sites/default/files/FY2012piechart-color.pdf
The Government’s Version
This is How
They Do It
Source: War Resisters League
Billions of Dollars
Source: Computed from SIPRI
- Source: The International Institute for Strategic Studies
Source: Friedman and Preble
2001 2006 2012
Source: Center for Arms Control and Non-Proflieration
Source: War Resisters League
Total direct cost of both wars: $1.26 trillion
Iraq: $797 billion
Af/Pak: $460 billion
Total: $1.26 trillion
Source: National Priorities Project
In 2011, the United States spent more on the war in Afghanistan than any other country in the world spent in total on its military.
Billions of Dollars, 2011
Source: Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation; Reuters
Estimated U.S. spending in Afghanistan, FY 2011:
Total state budget shortfalls, 2011:
$33 bn = 600,000 U.S. jobs
Source: Congressional Research Service Report RL 33110
With $3.5 trillion, we could send every 18-year-old in the U.S. to a state university. We could pay all their education expenses -- tuition, fees, room and board -- for four years ,
for the next 133 years.
Bagram Military Air Base in Afghanistan
Source: Foreign Policy in Focus, Anita Dancs
95% of all the military bases on another country’s soil are U.S. bases.
“Once upon a time, you could trace the spread of imperialism by counting up colonies. America's version of the colony is the military base.”
Chalmers Johnson, 2004
Source: Chalmers Johnson
The Declaration of Independence criticizes the British “for quartering large bodies of armed troops among us” and “for protecting them . . . from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these States.”
Foreign bases create enemies and make us less safe.
Sources: Forbes; Y Charts; LM Company Statements;
Source: Hartung & Ciarrocca
Geographic distribution of subcontractors
“The ideal weapons system is built in 435 Congressional districts and it doesn’t matter whether it works or not.”
Alain C. Enthoven, economist and former Pentagon official
In 2009, Lockheed Martin placed full-page ads in the Washington Post showing the number of jobs for F-22 construction, by Congressional district, throughout the nation.
2012 cycle: $1.6 million(from L/M PACs and individuals, per FEC)
Source: Open Secrets
Contractors are doing everything that used to be done solely by the military—for a profit.
Source: Congressional Research Service
What are the implications?
Increased spending on the military relative to other parts of the economy leads to :
Source: Center for Economic and Policy Research
U.S. Job Creation with $1 Billion Spending
Number of Jobs Created
Education Health Care Clean Energy Consumption Military
Source: U of MA, Political Economy Research Institute
Sources: Graydon Carter; Barry Sanders
“The County Council urges the United States Congress to make major reductions in the Pentagon budget, in a manner that does not harm the safety or lives of our troops, with the savings invested in state and local needs so that Montgomery County and other counties in Maryland can repair their deteriorating infrastructure, reverse budget cuts to education, health care, and other needs, and otherwise improve the welfare of their residents.”
In what other ways can militarism threaten democracy?
e.g. Patriot Act
Of all the enemies to public liberty war is . . . most to be dreaded because it comprises . . . the germ of every other. . . No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.
Pres. Dwight Eisenhower
Sustainable Defense Task Force:
Cut $998 billion over 10 years
Cut nuclear warheads
Reduce size of military forces
Cut certain weapons systems
Source: Debt, Deficits and Defense
Source: Conetta, Project on Defense Alternatives
Defray college costs: An educated citizenry provides security!
Maryland Budget & Tax Policy Institute
Ensure health care coverage to every Marylander!
Maryland Budget and Tax Policy Institute
What Oregon residents paid in FY 2012 towards the Pentagon budget: $5.o bn
Entire State FY 2011-13 budget: $14.7 bn
2011-13 Shortfall: $3.5 bn
Source: National Priorities Project, oregonbudgetpriorities.com
“I spent 33 years and 4 months in active service as a member of our country’s most agile military force — the Marine Corps.... And during that period I spent most of my time being a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street, and for the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism.... I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street... I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested… Looking back on it, I feel I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three city districts. We Marines operated on three continents.”