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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2018 3:41 p.m. PST

A) Since it was first set up 64 years ago (in 1953), how much of our defense budget has gone towards manning, supplying and fortifying the DMZ, as well as towards training and equipping the South Koreans to hold it? Any reliable cumulative figures, in today's dollars?

B) What would we have done with that defense money if we had been able to spent it on other vital military development and construction projects? Thoughts?

C) When it comes to this military-economic drain, have we fallen prey to one (or more) of Sun Tzu's basic principles of warfare? If so, which ones?

Dan

USAFpilot Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2018 6:08 p.m. PST

"according to a 2014 report by the Congressional Research Service, the U.S. gave over $1.3 USD billion in aid to North Korea between 1995 and 2008 and very little since, although the country has been receiving international assistance off and on for years."
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Think about that. Not defense spending, but foreign aid to an adversary. A failed bribe to keep them from further developing their nuclear capability. Disgusting.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2018 7:26 p.m. PST

Yep. Bribe. Money down the drain.

Dan

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP30 Jan 2018 8:53 a.m. PST

Yea, I guess "Millions for defense, but not one cent for tribute." is out of date.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP30 Jan 2018 10:03 a.m. PST

It's foolish to say "If we were not spending billions on X, we would be spending it on Y."
No. That never happens. If we wanted to spend on Y, we would be doing it already. X had nothing to do with it.
Or are you one of those crazy people who think we actually have a budget? grin

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP30 Jan 2018 10:05 a.m. PST

In addition, South Korea is quite prosperous. Could it be that they are spending on the DMZ also? Perhaps even more than we are?

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