One simple fact that few Americans understand and virtually all politicians, bureaucrats and top military officialdom don't want Americans to understand is that there's a very big difference between "military" and "defense."
News media both left and right talk about the "military budget" and the "defense budget" as though the terms are interchangeable synonyms.
They're not. The "defense budget" is a small part of the total "military budget" because defense is just a small part of what our military is illegitimately used for.
Being a warmongering people who absolutely believed that they had a divinely-endowed "manifest destiny" to rule all of the North American Continent the US power elite used their military very rarely for defense and almost exclusively for conquest.
In 1949 the US changed the name to what it should have always been, the Department of Defense.
It should have been changed to the Department of Conquest. Since 1949 the military has been used as an instrument of conquest in every shooting war because every nation it has attacked has never attacked or even realistically threatened to attack the United States.
Because of their Zero Aggression Principle which recognizes that force is legitimate only as a means of defense against aggression Libertarians demand a real Defense Department.
Ever since Ron Paul asked voters during the 2012 presidential debates to distinguish between military and defense spending only a few people – like conservative David Brooks or politician–baiter "Bob" – make that distinction and, apparently, absolutely nobody is capable of identifying how much of the gargantuan "military" budget is spent on actual "defense."
Even the American Enterprise Institute doesn't get it, as reflected by the military-is-defense title of their PDF report dated November 13, 2012, "Defense Spending 101: The truth about US military spending."
They offer charts showing Defense vs. Entitlement Spending and National Defense vs. Domestic Spending but nothing about Military vs. Defense spending.
If 50% of the military budget was cut by abolishing all global policing, nation-building, and empire-building, and 100% of military subsidies to foreign countries were also cut the betting is we would still have a defense budget more than capable of repelling anyone who would dare to attack us.
That's the difference between "military" and "defense."
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