An interesting item in The Christian Science Monitor that reveals how the worldwide military/industrial,warfighting complex is thriving today despite the global economic troubles. The link takes you to a CSM review of the top 10 militarized countries ranked according to defence expenditures.
There are a few surprises. Italy, for example, comes in at number 10. Italy? I can see Britain, France and Germany, sure, but Italy? The article offers up a few other juicy bits. Did you know that America's current military expenditures come out at roughly $2,000 per year for every American man, woman and child? That's an $8,000 a year tax burden for the average family of four. China comes in second place but with total expenditures just one-sixth of America's. France edges out Britain for third place spending $63-billion to the UK's $58-billion.