The Petrodollar stuff, while true, still doesn't explain it as evidence of some massive conspiracy involving the power of the defense industry. Like any special interest group that has MASSIVE funding to offer politicians for campaigns, its going to have power, influence, more so than a single middle class voter.This addresses what I said in what way? I'll restate m points
1: The US is not the only country on Earth
2: While large compared to past US budgets, it is fairly typical of historical budgets globally.
3: World military spending is at it's lowest point in history compared to economy and government expenditure.
A rant about the petrodollar addressed none of that. Please either address my points or move on.
But that's no different than anything else. We see the same with various other powerful industries like entertainment, environmental groups, energy sectors, etc. All have far more power than they should.
Hell, the public school unions in some states have MAJOR power now because they can deliver votes, which then ends with teachers working nine months a year and making six figures, with school district administrators often having 2-3 different jobs, each with its own full time six figure salary. This is real, happens on a major scale in numerous states in the US, and yet would anyone really claim that the teachers run America? No, they just have power enough to get noticed, because they're organized as a special interest group. The answer is too simple for some people, who want to see nefarious motives and conspiracy as the only logical answer.