Like I said, JMO, yo! - Roman
Two of those countries are Russia and China - do you REALLY want to spend LESS than them? Do you want to live in a world where the supreme military power in the world - is China? Or Russia?
Okay, so we make sure we spend more than them. What about our Western Europe allies?
We're a nation of just under 320 million - should our defense spending be comparable to nations like the U.K. and Germany, with 1/4th of the population?
We spend ~3% of our budget on defense - and that puts us *10th* in the world. We just spend a lot because we have a great economy.
As a nation - we spend a comparable amount as the European Union - with a similar population.
It's not ridiculous - it's sensible. And it ensures that no one screws with us.
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