10 Hard Hitting Facts that Show America Cares More About War than Education


Since the tragic events of 9/11, the budget of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has doubled while the budgets of other departments remain stagnant. Instead of paying Lockheed Martin over $1.5 billion to provide Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates with Patriot missiles, that money could have gone towards improving the failing education system in this country.

10 Hard Hitting Facts that Show America Cares More About War than Education

In 2001, the base budget for the DoD stood at $287 billion. In less than a decade, the defense budget increased to over $530 billion, which does not even include the primary costs of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. In 2010, the Office of Management and Budget reported the DoD’s federal budget at $530.8 billion. In contrast, the Department of Education only received $64.1 billion, while the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Energy received $27 billion and $26.4 billion respectively.

In 2011, the U.S. was spending 20% of the federal budget on defense and only 2% on education. Three years later, the Office of Management and Budget found that 18% of the budget had been spent on defense with still merely 2% on education.

According to the DoD, the government has spent over $250 billion in defense contracts since the beginning of this year, which does not include any contracts valued at less than $6.5 million. Last month, the DoD paid defense contractors over $38.6 billion, after awarding them another $38.9 billion in August.

Each business day, defense contractors including Bechtel, Boeing, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Microsoft, and Kellogg Brown and Root, receive exorbitant amounts of money from the federal budget. This pays for jet fuel, missiles, helicopters, food, spare parts, runways, infrastructure repairs, ship maintenance, technical support, construction equipment, etc.

But most Americans don’t realize that their tax dollars also paid Lockheed Martin over $920 million to manufacture and deliver F-35 jets to the governments of Italy, Turkey, Australia, Norway, and Britain. In July, Lockheed Martin was also awarded over $1.5 billion to equip Korea, Qatar, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia with Patriot missiles.

Marred with a history of rape and forced prostitution, DynCorp received $68.9 million in February for integrated maintenance support services for the Saudi Arabian National Guard Aviation. Responsible for the largest data breach in U.S. history, Booz Allen Hamilton was awarded $12.3 million in July for support services to the Royal Saudi Naval Forces. And in June, L-3 National Security Solutions received $95 million to train Royal Saudi Air Force personnel.

Sprint Communications even received over $10 million in April to provide cell phones to the Army Human Resources Command, while J. Walter Thompson was awarded $770 million for recruitment and advertising for the Marine Corps Recruiting Command. Instead of wasting tax dollars on cell phones and supporting repressive regimes, the American people could have decided to use that money to purchase new text books, update school computers, perform classroom maintenance, raise teacher salaries, or provide free meals to public school children from low-income families.

Over the past decade, the Missile Defense Agency, an arm of the Pentagon, has wasted nearly $10 billion in failed projects. The ill-fated Sea-Based X-Band Radar (SBX), Airborne Laser, Kinetic Energy Interceptor, and Multiple Kill Vehicle cost the agency $2.2 billion, $5.3 billion, $1.7 billion, and $700 million respectively.

Projected to take nine years and $12 billion to develop, at a cost of $149 million per plane, the F-22 jet actually took 19 years to produce at a cost of $26.3 billion, averaging $412 million per plane. Plagued with safety problems, including at least two fatal crashes and a faulty oxygen-supply system, then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates and then-Air Force Secretary Michael Donley forcefully requested that Congress end production of the F-22 in 2009.

Two years ago, former Booz Allen Hamilton employee Edward Snowden disclosed that the black budget for fiscal year 2013 was $52.6 billion. The classified documents revealed that 16 agencies, including the CIA, NSA, and Justice Department, received the secret funds in order to conduct clandestine operations without public scrutiny or accountability.

In January 2005, American soldiers opened fire on a family inside a car in the northern town of Tal Afar in Iraq. Splattered with the blood of her dead parents, 5-year-old Samar Hassan shrieked in despair and anguish next to an armed U.S. soldier as photojournalist Chris Hondros took a photograph capturing the horrific moment in history.

By paying our income, property, and sales taxes, we contributed to this atrocity and countless others. You and I purchased the bullets that killed this young girl’s parents. We paid those soldiers to take innocent lives.

Without taking personal responsibility for what our tax dollars buy, many Americans remain willfully ignorant of the crimes and incompetence committed in our names. As defense contractors accrue astronomical amounts of our money on a daily basis, they will continue to circumvent weakened campaign finance reform laws in order to purchase pliable candidates willing to keep them in power.

In his farewell address, President Dwight Eisenhower warned the American people over 50 years ago of the rapidly expanding military industrial complex. Unfortunately, we didn’t bother to listen.

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist,” Eisenhower advised. “We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”

One Response

  1. Rich Buckley says:


    Government has become slave to big finance, and the military industrial complex – driven by foreign owned, western banking hegemony.

    My government has become mean spirited, and vicious in its double-speak foreign policy. We needlessly make Russia and China (two WWII allies) our enemies under the corrupting evils of the neo-con “Wolfowitz Doctrine.” The recent adoption of Strategic Policy called “First Strike,” attempts to cloak all our empire initiatives under justifiable defense. Washington lies about everything. Speaking truth, as Orson Wells put it, has become “a radical act of revolt.”

    It’s vitally important now to become independently informed more than any time since the founding of the nation as the next war will end Earth. Perhaps read some Paul Craig Roberts. Roberts is a former under Secretary of the Treasury of the US who tells it like we have really become since WWII ended.

    Washington mentality is crazy and all beholding to foreign owned banks, corporations, and funding PAC’s. Mainstream media has now consolidated to a mere 5 major newspaper – tv organizations, one owned by GE, one of the world’s largest weapon’s component manufacturers. Citizens are at the bottom of the list of priorities to these oligarchs and their congressional minions.

    We are now kept in perpetual wars running an entire generation, with no end being forecast. These wars are the design and reflection of a near morally bankrupt nation keeping its currency alive by military might, chaos and fear… especially fear. The next great dark plan is a false flag alien invasion designed to pit a Fortress Earth against the Universe….a NWO strategy to blindly unify us in a faux war deploying all conceivable top-down social peer group controls. Don’t buy into the fear game, all my research indicates its a lie.

    Neither the Republican or Democratic Party are capable any longer to lead.

    All Party momentary inspirations are quickly subsumed into the status quo machines of both parties. Independent voters are coaxed to only jump back and forth between two corrupted parties, both of which serve the same one controlling cabal of foreign owned private banks we call The Federal Reserve.

    Watch our two party contending leaders closely as they run for President and you see them all bow and pledge fealty to the military-industrial-media-complex as a ready, compliant, participant in the willingness to threaten all who might rise and prosper, i.e., The Wolfolwitz Doctrine in practice. This doctrine contains the fear based craziness we are kept under.

    Even our mainstream religious organizations are aggressively compliant in the continuance of this dark Wolfolwitz scenario of fear. Religious dissent and moral outrage at the Wolfolwitz war machine mentality expressed against Washington’s craziness is officially shunned. Churchianity defaults to fear maintenance through its own drive for stable financial corporatocracy.

    Fearless self-discovered, inner spiritual enlightenment is the last thing mainstream religions will ever seek to teach their followers. Even the notion of Christ-Consciousness is rebuked by mainstream western religions. Or as Fr. Richard Rohr of the Catholic Church Franciscan Order explains, …”…”I’m convinced this is the present impasse with so much of institutional religion: that we have for centuries “perfectly” defined, delineated, and described the Mystery. And all you have to do is believe your denomination’s dogmatic definitions and you are a member in good standing. This is not working. It is not transforming people.”…”

    Life didn’t use to be this polarized when I was young. Let’s pause a moment.

    Relax. Take a few deep breaths and meditate. None of the dark scenario is true UNLESS YOU MAKE IT YOUR TRUTH.

    Step aside and let darkness pass. Tell yourself: “It’s chemicals in my blood system triggered by fear. I will not be afraid.” Say it out loud to yourself so your subconscious hears it. Even address it to your subconscious. You can devise ways to heal your own body. The free QHHT service here in Livermore is often another method.

    Resonate with the higher positive energy buried inside your spirit and good things begin to synchronize in your life. Your entire time-line experience shifts towards peace in your soul, love in your heart and joy in your life.

    Learn to let these positive values become your truth. Think with your heart and act through your compassion applied with wisdom. Do not turn the power of your soul over to anyone. Your inner light is direct from God – the Source; you are part of that and it is part of you. Keep it lit. It’s yours.

    There are other ways to live, love, and exist on this Earth in peace, more compatible with nature. First truth must be known; then we must find ways within us to extend our forgiveness personally and collectively to all, while seeking help from a higher positive authority.


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