The Daily Bork

June 08, 2005

Useless idiots

Apparently this is news...

World military spending nears Cold War peak

Who is doing most?

The top five countries by military spending – the United States, Britain, France, Japan and China – spent nearly two-thirds of the world total last year, according to the institute whose database contains officially reported military spending for 159 countries.

The biggest, richest countries? Those most able to afford it? You don't say.

"The major determinant of the world trend in military expenditure is the change in the United States."

US military spending accounted for nearly half the global figure, rising 12 per cent last year to $US455 billion, the Swedish government-funded institute said.

Let's see. The US is or at least has been in a state of war for a couple of years. It is somehow news that military spending has increased?

The telling figure, which makes the whole article with its dubious slant a load of tosh, is buried in the middle of the article:

"While US military spending is still lower than during the Cold War in terms of its share of GDP, the sustainability of the current levels is being increasingly questioned," SIPRI said.

US military spending increased to 3.9 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) last year from 3.0 per cent in 1999, but remained well below its Cold War peak of more than 6 per cent.

So really, the news is that US spending is up quite a bit during a time of war but is actually nowhere near as burdensome as it was during the cold war. Great analysis guys.

But the whole thing is prepared by the "Stockholm International Peace Research Institute", so you can guess what the bias would be in any case.


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