America’s real priorities (and the arms industry are very happy)


Some revealing facts from the essential War is Business blog:

$10.9 billion was the value of military training and sales agreements executed in fiscal year 2000 by the Pentagon’s global arms delivery service, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency. $31.6 billion was the sum of the agency’s business in fiscal year 2010, which concluded at the end of September. The DSCA just released the new figures. 

$4.7 billion of that total comprised training and equipment for the Afghan military and police services. (Eager recruits, pictured.)

$4.0 billion worth of hardware went to Israel, the DSCA’s top buyer.

$2.6 billion went to Egypt.

$463 million is the latest official tally of US aid to Pakistan for flood relief.

$250 million is how much China has pledged for flood relief. Swaths of Pakistan’s Sindh province are expected to remain underwater for months.

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