Just as a point of reference.
US Military spending will increase by around 94 BILLION dollars a year this year. This 94 billion increase is more then The TOTAL military spending of any other single country outside of China. It in fact 30 percent larger then the TOTAL Military spending of Russia yet the media is filled with reports of “A resurgent Russia” preparing to invade Eastern Europe.
This increase in military spending in the USA occurs hand in hand with the Western media reports of dangerous countries like Iran, North Korea , Syria, Yemen and the like and the need to counter them with an ever stronger military.
It a swindle and the largest swindle and con game ever worked on a people in history even as the people stand up en masse on COMMAND to honor the troops at other sporting events such as the Super Bowl. Militarism infects and corrupts EVERYTHING.
I am always struck by how the Right Wing media speaks of pension plans and health care spending as “unfunded liabilities” with some of those same voices here on Common Dreams repeating that nonsense as they pretend concern for the Debt and deficit , yet those same voices will never speak to this obscenity called Miltary spending. The true cost to the taxpayer in the USA of its bloated Military is well over 1 trillion per year , yet there few voices that speak up againt it in EITHER of the political parties.
The population has been so brainwashed with this "Support the troops " fascism , that even Politicians who speak to the need to support pensions, universal healthcare and the like , are reluctant to call for a cut to that Military spending out of fear of being declared “Un-american”