Here’s the nut graph:
The United States is on track to spend more than $600 billion on the military this year — more, that is, than wasspent at the height of President Ronald Reagan’s Cold War military buildup, and more than the military budgets of at least the next seven nations in the world combined. And keep in mind that that’s just a partial total. As an analysis by the Straus Military Reform Project has shown, if we count related activities like homeland security, veterans’ affairs, nuclear warhead production at the Department of Energy, military aid to other countries, and interest on the military-related national debt, that figure reaches a cool $1 trillion.
it’s too bad the American media are ignoring this issue, a great failing of the Fourth Estate.