A half century ago, American President Dwight Eisenhower, who commanded British and American forces in Europe during World War II, warned the American people about the growing “military/industrial complex” which threatened the future of the country. He explained that business leaders were working with leaders of our armed forces in order to frighten the American people into believing they needed more and more soldiers and more and more weapons. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen is using the same approach. He warned that unless NATO nations increased their military expenditures, they faced the prospect of Russia and China spending more and gaining greater power in the world. Here are the figures:
1. US spends over $600 billion and has the best air force, the best navy and the best ground force in the world.
2. Next comes China which spends about $90 billion and now possess A single aircraft carrier–which they bought.
3. Next comes Russia which will spend about $44 billion. Every report from Russia indicates its soldiers are ill trained and lack morale. Russia would have a difficult time defeating Israel.
There is NO crisis. China is NOT going to take over southeast Asia. Putin has enough on his hands running a winter Olympics with the Chechen guerrillas giving him a hard time.