Rumsfeld ignores US defense spending, points to China’s

The United States spends more on its military
than the next six ranked nations combined.

Country Military
Expenditures
(ME), 1999
(Millions of
US Dollars;
Percent of Central Government Expenditures)
Nonmilitary
Expenditures
(NME), 1999
(Millions of
US Dollars)
Population, 1999
(Millions)
ME per
capita, 1999
Gross
National
Product
(GNP), 1999
(Millions of
Dollars)
Percent
ME of GNP,
1999
United States 281,000
(15.79%)
1,499,000 273 1029.30 9,260,000 3.03%
China (People’s Republic) 88,900
(22.23%)
311,100 1,250 71.12 3,930,000 2.26%
Japan 43,200
(6.12%)
662,800 126 342.86 1,106,000 0.98%
France 38,900
(5.88%)
623,100 59.1 658.21 1,440,000 2.70%
United Kingdom 36,500
(6.87%)
494,500 59.4 614.48 1,450,000 2.52%
Russia 35,000
(22.44%)
121,000 147 238.10 625,000 5.60%
Germany 32,600
(4.70%)
661,400 82.6 394.67 2,090,000 1.56%


Of these nations, China and Russia devote higher proportions of their government spending to military spending.
The United States ranks 5th in the world in military spending per capita.
Countries that spend more per capita are Israel ($1,526.32), Qatar ($1,514.29), Kuwait ($1,415.79),
and Singapore ($1,100.00). On average, the developed world spends $517 per capita.
Source: U.S. State Department. “World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers (WMEAT 1999-2000).” 6 Feb 2003.
13 Jun 2004
http://www.state.gov/t/vc/rls/rpt/wmeat/

But it is China’s defense spending,
which according to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, threatens the balance of power in Asia. “‘Since no nation threatens China, one wonders: why this growing investment?’ Mr. Rumsfeld asked.”

Author: benfell

David Benfell holds a Ph.D. in Human Science from Saybrook University. He earned a M.A. in Speech Communication from CSU East Bay in 2009 and has studied at California Institute of Integral Studies. He is an anarchist, a vegetarian ecofeminist, a naturist, and a Taoist.

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