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September 1, 2001 No Comment

Total global military expenditure in 2009 is estimated to have been $1.531 Trillion. The US is responsible for 46.5 per cent of the world total, distantly followed by the China (6.6%), France (4.2%), UK (3.8%), and Russia (3.5%). — Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)’s 2010 Year Book

The United Nations and all its agencies and funds spend about $30 billion each year. This is a very small sum compared to most government budgets and it is less than 3% of the world’s military spending. — UN Financial Crisis, Global Policy Forum, 7 July 2010

For globalism to work, America can’t be afraid to act like the almighty superpower that it is….The hidden hand of the market will never work without a hidden fist-McDonald’s cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglas, the designer of the F-15. And the hidden fist that keeps the world safe for Silicon Valley’s technologies is called the United States Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. — A Manifesto for the Fast World, Thomas Friedman, New York Times, 28 March 1999

The US was aiming to achieve a “new post-Iraq war security structure that can secure the flow of energy exports to the global economy”. The arms sales would “reinforce the level of regional deterrence and help reduce the size of forces the US must deploy in the region”; Anthony Cordesman, from the Centre for Strategic & International Studies in Washington — Gulf states in $123bn US arms spree, Financial Times, 20 September 2010

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