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Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by poncho, Jul 26, 2009.

  1. poncho

    poncho Well-Known Member

    Mar 30, 2004
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  2. rdwhite

    rdwhite New Member

    Jul 4, 2008
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    Come now, you know they cannot investigate something that would lead to charges of treason. Besides, compared to what Obama is spending, that is just pocket change.
  3. OldRegular

    OldRegular Well-Known Member

    Nov 21, 2004
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    All I can say is bull. The total defense budget for the last several years is less than $500 billion each year. If $3 trillion is missing how has the Defense Department operate?

    http://www.mtholyoke.edu/~jephrean/classweb/United States.html

    History of U.S. Defense Funding:

    From the end of the Second World War to the end of the Cold War, the United States spent most of its military budget engaging in a game of military build-up against the Soviet Union. The hightest expenses were during the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and through most of the 1980s. During the Cold War the average military budget each year was 342.4 billion per year. At the end of the 1980s the Soviet Union collapsed. This left the United States with a massive military buildup of weapons and an enormous defense industry, but without an enemy. Without a significant threat posed by an international power, defense spending steadily decreased from 1998-2001. Moderate increases in military expenditures occured from 1998-2001, but it was nothing significant. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 gave the U.S. a new enemy, so the government unleashed huse increases in military spending to fight the terrorist threat.

    Current U.S. Military Budget:

    Before the attacks the military budget request for the 2001 Fiscal Year was 305 billion dollars. After 9/11 more money was needed to protect the U.S. against further attacks. Therefore, the military budget request then increased in 2002, 2003, and 2004, to 343.2 billion, 396.1 billion, and 399.1 billion, respectively. Now the U.S. military budget request for Fiscal Year 2005 is 420.7 billion dollars. These increase in military budget are the result of missions launched in Afghanistan and Iraq.