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Op-Ed: Trump bills Germany $490b for NATO ‘debt’. WRONG

Berlin - Donald Trump’s obscure logic for all things has reached a milestone at NATO. Trump handed Chancellor Merkel a ‘bill’ for $490 billon for America’s contribution to Germany’s defence. This was sublime unreality at its least impressive.

US big military brass retain pension benefits as budget cuts loom

Washington - The US Senate was able to rush through a massive military spending bill a few weeks ago. The bill authorized $607 billion in spending of which $520.5 was general spending and the other $87 billion was for Afghanistan.

Op-Ed: US defense department and spending on toilet tissue

Washington - The United States military spends millions on toilet paper. The brass worry that perhaps the sequester cuts and demand that the Pentagon lower spending will put pressure on them to buy and use less.

Op-Ed: The US war games will win over any peace dividend

Washington - US military expenditures are about 40% of global defense expenditures. In 2012 US military expenditures were about $682 billion. This is more than the amount spent by the next 13 highest country spenders combined.

Op-Ed: America — The real Lord of War

No other nation offers a remote threat to America’s global military dominance, yet the nation spends nearly as much as the rest of the world combined on defense. The U.S. is in an arms race, but against whom?

Op-Ed: Obama gives to the defense, Iraq’s most vulnerable remain abused

Washington - As a US defense budget continues reaping the rewards of politicians in love with the sound of war drums, a new Human Rights Watch report gives a brutal look at the reality of American tax dollars used to help promote torture, rape and murder in Iraq.

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