Why are we subsidizing the security of wealthy allies?

I have said over and over in the past that we have no business paying for other wealthy countries’ defense needs.

April 23, 2013 4:43PM

Subsidizing the Security of Wealthy Allies

How much does the United States spend on the military relative to our allies? A lot.

A new Cato video, produced by Cato multimedia gurus Caleb Brown and Austin Bragg, puts this comparison in perspective. The data jumps out of the Cato infographic from last week, and shows how we are subsidizing the security of our wealthy allies who can and should defend themselves. Instead, we provide for their security while they free-ride and spend their money on everything else (including bloated welfare states). Your tax dollars at work.

Check out the video below.

Subsidizing the Security of Wealthy Allies

This much is clear: our security commitments, many of them holdovers from the Cold War, induce other countries to spend less than they could on their own defense. And they compel Americans to spend more than we should.

Video produced by Caleb O. Brown and Austin Bragg.

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