At the time, the U.S. Warfare State’s budget— counting the pentagon,
spy agencies, DOE weapons, foreign aid, homeland security and
veterans—-was about $500 billion in today’s dollars. Now, a quarter
century on from the Cold War’s end, that same metric stands at $900
This near doubling of the Warfare State’s fiscal girth is a tad
incongruous. After all, America’s war machine was designed to thwart a
giant, nuclear-armed industrial state, but, alas, we now have no
industrial state enemies left on the planet.
The much-shrunken Russian successor to the Soviet Union, for example,
has become a kleptocracy run by a clever thief who prefers stealing
from his own citizens rather than his neighbors.
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