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Ian Goodrum
The US has the biggest military budget in the world — more than the next seven countries combined. Yet articles like this are being published constantly, in an effort to convince you China is the real threat. Don't fall for their scam.
Under Xi Jinping, China has closed the gap on U.S. firepower and in some areas surpassed it. American victory over China in a regional war is no longer assured.
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jinjiu king - Amazon FC Ambassador 📦 Apr 25
Replying to @isgoodrum
China: *building soft power all over the globe through widening and deepening trade, cultural, and infrastructural ties* Western Media: "zomg they have a big military"
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Großer Elch (ML) Apr 25
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Imagine thinking this is negative
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🌽🍞SurplusCornbread🌽🍞 Apr 25
Replying to @isgoodrum
I agree this article is meant for scare mongering and to push The US to more military spending. But I'd argue that there may be a point about the PLA being able to defeat the US in a conventional battle. While the US spends MUCH more, that spending isn't all that efficient 1/
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🌽🍞SurplusCornbread🌽🍞 Apr 25
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Half of the Pentagon's budget ends up with defense contractors who pay out huge executive salaries, tons for marketing/lobbying, and profits to shareholders. Furthermore we should consider the impact of Baumol's Cost Disease, aka the tendency for wages to rise in areas 2/
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🌽🍞SurplusCornbread🌽🍞 Apr 25
Replying to @isgoodrum
that don't see productivity gains. It's more expensive for the US to attract a soldier or officer than China because wages in the civilian sector are higher in the US. Now none of this means China is a threat to US territory, that is a ridiculous claim of course. 3/
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🌽🍞SurplusCornbread🌽🍞 Apr 25
Replying to @isgoodrum
Nonetheless, if the US was fighting a conventional war in Asia, I might not bet on the US military...of course a US loss wouldn't be such a bad thing either. 4/4
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Micah Capitalism-Is-Spooky-Year-Round Jardee☭ Apr 25
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Uh yeah, i would hope the army of an asian country would be the most powerful in Asia. That is, unless you think one country holding the lion's share of military might in the world and enforcing it in entirely separate continents is a good thing.
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DeathToVariousThings Apr 25
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I actually want China to be a real threat.
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mywang999 Apr 25
That's shocking! Free capitalist USA not efficient compared to communist state planning China? You better tell the good professors/economists about this, and you will be earning an "F" in an economy class.
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wechat Apr 25
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more than 7 countries combined.
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RealTruth Apr 25
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Here is the reality since WWII: according to the article below, USA is responsible for 20M deaths. China hasn't done anything close to this scale but is being painted as the bogeyman so military industrial complex can spend Trillion to enrich war hawks.
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Domestic Catio Apr 25
They reposted this multiple times today.
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Ian Goodrum Apr 25
Replying to @wechat42790461
It can go as high as 10 or 12 countries depending on the year. It never drops below seven, though, so I stuck with that consistent number.
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UNIVERSAL VALUES?CULTURE,RELIGION&HISTORY DIFFERS Apr 25
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Largest military budget is useless when most of it is feeding 1000+ military bases & 11 aircraft carrier groups around the world. Maintaining & police the USWO is bankrupting the USA. China's usd200bn+ is all based in Chinese lands, plenty for new weapons. 😂😂
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how i met the immortal science of marxist-leninism Apr 25
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It’s unreal that a country based in North America has Asia’s largest military. How does that not set off people’s alarm bells?
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Creativegrey Apr 25
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I can tell how off my politics are to yhe rest of the countries when I read that scaremongering title and juat think, "good".
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Trump is STILL a war criminal 1/29/17 Apr 25
Replying to @SurplusCornbre1
This reminds me of Saudi Arabia, which has a very bloated military budget relative to the technology it actually has. Weapons procurement in KSA is so corrupt that middle men often take fees worth almost half the purchase itself. A $7m jet becomes a $10m purchase.
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🌽🍞SurplusCornbread🌽🍞 Apr 25
Replying to @notchyo1
Yep. With the result being what you see in Yemen. Despite having Western aid and in-country allies, Saudi Arabia can't defeat the Houthis even with its massive budget. That's why it's worth remembering budget isn't everything.
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Hamad AbdulGhafoor Apr 25
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Well considering that they closely followed the US's tactics and war planning in Vietnam. Built their army based on it. More efficient, less capitalistic in spending. And the US hasn't really won a war in a long time. They lose insurgencies!? What about standing armies?
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