The defence sector is now enjoying the ninth consecutive year of spending rises. The US defence budget, at $570bn in 2007, is larger than the military spending of the rest of the world put together.Let me guess, the 3 out of 10 people who still favor increasing the defense budget, despite the fact it already surpasses the combined military spending of the rest of the world, are the same 3 out of 10 people who approve of GW Bush. In other words, this 30 some odd percent crowd should be greatly discounted by the remaining 70 some odd percent saner majority.
American public opinion has not fully turned against rising military spending. A recent poll by Citigroup shows 32 per cent of the population still favours further increases. That is down from 80 per cent immediately after September 11 2001.
Oh, and if they increased the size of our defense budget to where it more than doubled the rest of the world's spending on military, perhaps then we'll finally achieve some real progress on that Star Wars missile defense charade....