Does the US have an economy based on war?

Eddie Vedder. Hollywood antiwar rally. 2003

The United States seemingly has endless wars, conflicts, and invasions. In 2010 the United States accounted for a staggering 41% of worldwide military spending, dwarfing spending by any other country. We have military bases in dozens of countries and spend at least 20% of our entire budget on defense. If you add in indirect costs like medical care for injured veterans (which will continue for decades) and programs like the CIA drones, then the real cost is no doubt much higher. And excuse me, but inquiring minds want to know, just why is the CIA permitted to have its own little wars complete with drones and how many other agencies are doing the same thing? It all seems a bit crazy and out of control.

More about our endless wars at IVN.


  1. We absolutely have a war based economy. The problem is it’s embedded into wall street. It serves as a distraction and is brought upon by greed, not just from wall street but those that directly profit from it, the military weapons and equipment manufacturers.

  2. Yes, and we were warned.

    “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.””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 in not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some 50 miles of concrete highway. We pay for a single fighter with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. This, I repeat, is the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking.This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.”~ President Dwight D. Eisenhower (the Last True Republican)All who have followed are pale imitations…Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable~ President John F. Kennedy

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