Can you guess which 2 states make up half of global military expenditure?

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Frienemies United States and China make up about half of the entire world's military expenditure, according to this infographic by SIPRI. The full report is here. [HT: @conradhackett ]

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  1. Don't forget that most of the others on the list receive "aid" from the U.S. in the form of direct funding for military spending in order to buy U.S. made arms.

    So in actuality, I wouldn't be surprised if the U.S. alone accounted for closer to 2/3 of all global military spending.

  2. Maybe, if you're planning around not having friends? Drop the US from the chart and China would be first, but still spends less than the remaining NATO countries. Being lower doesn't exactly equate to vulnerability if you are willing to work together.

    So the US expenditure might make sense if it wants to maintain a single-handed advantage against China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, Saudia Arabia, South Korea, and the UK together. It would be a pretty spectacular failure of diplomacy, though, to actually need that.

  3. You don't trust the "thugs who run China to stay rational"? When was the last time China launched an unprovoked war? Dropped a nuclear weapon on a civilian population center? Worked to help stage a coup d'etat against a democratically elected government? Your comment strikes me as oblivious US nationalism.,

  4. Chinese translation:
    "Worldwide Peace is at hand. If only imperialist pigs ceased to expand their world-domination, we as a a human race would finally be free!'

    USA News:
    "Worldwide Peace is at hand. If only communist pigs ceased to expand their world-domination, we as a a human race would finally be free!'

    Some small 3d world country:
    "Please stop shooting each other! Our babies are drowning in your blood!"

    Aliens:
    "I bet 20 stars on the cockroaches!"

  5. Good lord this BobbaBoosh character is a complete cliche of the dumb American, and on behalf of all Americans who aren't complete brainwashed assholes, I apologize on his behalf.

    Please, people in the rest of the world reading this thread, don't think we're all as moronic and thuggish as he is.

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