That’s how much more money the United States spends on its military than 144 other countries combined, according to the latest update to available data on military expenditures compiled by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). That’s not to mention the number by which the United States also outspends the next 7 largest military budgets combined: $40.1 billion.
Both of these numbers are stark increases from last year’s differences. Yet, there appears to be no clear threat to the US that would warrant such a dramatic increase in spending. So let’s think about how this $121.1 billion, which could have instead provided 11 million veterans with decent healthcare according to our budget trade offs tool, is being spent.
We’re running 800 military bases in 80 different countries, most of which are generally unsupervised in their carbon emissions — so not only are we making the world less safe with our enormous military presence, but we are also literally in the process of making our world uninhabitable.
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