Dollars turned into weapons. American money against Russia
US military officials and congressmen are discussing the future military budget of the state. This budget may, perhaps, be the largest in the entire history of the United States. In fact, multibillion-dollar spending is directed against Russia. It was Russia that became the number one bugbear for the bearers of advanced liberal thought.
For the 2019 fiscal year, the Pentagon requires (or, as the American press says, it asks) that the US Congress has a defense budget of $ 716 billion.
Such a budget, if approved and accepted, will break records in the history of US military budgets.
Recall, the fiscal year in the US begins on October 1, and therefore there is still much time for debate and discussion. Of course, there will be changes. The military budget is usually unchanged. One must remember, incidentally, that Mr. McCain and his hawk companions believe that President Trump is doing a good job, arming his homeland, but he is spending an unacceptably low amount of armament!
Surprisingly, America's main "enemy", that is Russia, is spending on its defense, if counted in dollars, roundly 46 billion. The indicators are simply incommensurable. It must also be remembered that Russia has an economic crisis, oil is not as expensive as in 2013, and Western sanctions are still in force, including against the military-industrial complex of Russia. Therefore, the cost of defense in the Russian Federation in general is under the big question: if oil becomes cheaper, then these costs will inevitably fall. In the US, with the new militaristic policy of Mr. Trump copying Reagan's militarism, spending will rise rather than drop. Did the Russians so intimidate peaceful Americans with their military bases around the world?
Apparently, yes. Russians seem to the Pentagon as a truly terrible enemy. The Pentagon also does not hide: the United States, military officials say, it is necessary to preserve military "advantages" in front of Russia, and even before China. Naturally, the preservation of "advantages" is not free.
The budget request of the Ministry of Defense for 2019, released on Monday, caused an increase in wages by 2.6 percent, a modest increase in the final benefits of services and major recovery programs aimed at maintaining US influence on China and Russia.
In fact, if you look closely at the numbers, the increase in the military budget does not seem significant. In comparison with the previous fiscal year, it is planned to increase the defense budget by 2.6 percent, Military.com said . However, this is more than President Trump himself proposed for the new financial year: in December 2017, he approved an increase in the military budget by 2.4%.
The growth of the defense budget, the newspaper notes, is linked, among other things, with a significant increase in the monetary allowance for American servicemen. The US Department of Defense expects that a moderate increase in military salaries in the short term will continue and will even correspond to the growth of incomes of private sector personnel. This is reported in the open budget documents of the Pentagon. In the fiscal year 2019, for example, it is planned to increase the allowance of sergeants by $ 1,169 per year.
It is reported and the expected increase in the number of members. The US Air Force will "grow up" to 4,000 people. The total number of Air Force personnel will be 329,100 people. The ground forces will also receive 4,000 active personnel in order to increase their strength to 487,500 people. In the navy will add 7,500 people, and the total number of sailors will be 335,400. Finally, the Marine Corps will receive 1,100 people, and the total number of these forces will grow to 186,100 people.
The National Guard will increase its strength slightly, by 500 people.
If the Pentagon approves the White House and the US Congress, the budget request of $ 716 billion for 2019 will provide financing for the construction of ten ships for the Navy, including three missile destroyers, two Virginia class submarines and one coastal combat vessel.
Also, more than 400 new aircraft will be financed, including seventy-seven F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, twenty-four F / A-18 E Super Hornets, sixty AH-64 Apache helicopters and sixty-eight UH-60 Black Hawk aircraft.
In total, the newspaper notes, for two fiscal years in the form of military financing will be allocated 1.4 trillion. dollars to create lethal weapons and increase the potential of the armed forces. This was announced by Defense Minister J. Mattis during his trip to Europe for a meeting on security issues. According to Mattis, thanks to the budgetary decisions of Congress and the president, the US will again have a "primacy" among the armed forces of the world. The Minister of Defense also talked about plans to increase the number of servicemen, the development of cyber-operations and the purchase of more ammunition.
Of the estimated $ 716 billion, about $ 30 billion will go to the needs of the Department of Energy and other institutions that contribute to national defense. About 617 billion dollars is planned to be allocated in the form of the Pentagon's basic budget. About 69 billion will go to the so-called military budget (or the Fund for Foreign Operations) in case of unforeseen circumstances. Basically, the money will go to Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. 6.5 billion dollars will be used to support the European Defense Initiative (to strengthen NATO). Another $ 900 million - on agreements on cooperation in the field of security, US prisoners with a number of countries.
As President Trump previously said, the US defense budget "provides resources to strengthen missile defense and the creation of airplanes, tanks, warships and cyber warfare through which those brave men and women that protect us will hold back aggression and, if necessary, engage in battle and win ". Trump focused on increasing the monetary allowance to "brave men and women," saying that it was "the most important thing."
As for the promotion of his budget, Trump, when he saw how well the matter was, told his protege Mattis "Mad Dog" about this, and he did not hide his joy by publicly declaring (almost in the manner of Hillary Clinton): "Wow, I do not I can believe: we got everything we wanted! "(Wow - I can not believe we got everything we wanted!)
Thus, we see that the Pentagon will have 6.5 billion dollars to restrain Russia, which will go to support the European defense initiative (otherwise, to strengthen NATO). The amount on the background of the general budget is almost tiny.
"6.5 billion dollars is, roughly speaking, one percent of the military budget. But we must understand that this amount is equivalent to the military budgets of the Baltic countries, Poland, Ukraine and other countries that Americans consider their allies in the aggregate, " military expert Alexei Leonkov reminded the newspaper " Vzglyad " .
According to him, these billions are likely to go "to restore all the infrastructure around the borders of Russia, which was during the Cold War." This is the reconstruction of military bases, the installation of new observation posts, equipment. It's reconnaissance flights and stuff.
However, in reality, 6.5 billion is not all that is "specifically" intended for Russia. After all, it's not for nothing that the Americans think about the resumption of the practice of equipping cruise missiles with nuclear warheads (for example, the same Tomahawks). Alexei Leonkov said: "To do this, you need money: the Pentagon plans to receive $ 16 billion. Additional funds will be used for the resuscitation of other programs with cruise missiles of medium range, sea and, possibly, even ground bases (although they are prohibited by the INF Treaty). " In fact, the Pentagon wants to return to the practice of the 1980s, when there was a concept of striking the USSR with the help of cruise nuclear missiles. And here is the amount of more than 20 billion - this is what it is supposed to spend on the modernization of missiles.
It is pertinent to say here about the US Navy: the increase in the fleet. The expert recalls the "Arly Burke" and the sub class "Virginia". "We must understand, again, that this is primarily the carriers of cruise missiles," he says.
Finally, the Americans intend to place their strategic bombers closer to the Russian borders. "For their constant presence in the air (B-52, probably, regular flights will begin soon along our borders), we need air tankers. Hence the corresponding requirement to purchase KC-46 refuelers, "Leonkov said.
It turns out, we note that Trump, copying the strategy of his idol Reagan, puts the cart of politics ahead of the horse economy. If the Reagan did not have such huge state debts for the United States, and production was not in a hurry to move to fraternal China, today the financing of defense spending will obviously be implemented in the good old way - by raising the "ceiling of borrowing." Reagan just became the president at which the US debt sharply jumped. The 1980s are defined by economists as a period when the US public debt grew much faster than GDP. Later, in the 2000s, the gap between the dynamics of GDP and the growth of public debt increased even more. This was due to the wars that President Bush unleashed.
As a result, a new increase in military spending will lead to a rise in both the state debt and the budget deficit in the US. As for inflation, the US dollar has recently been weakened by the US finance minister.
In short, the American hegemon is ready to go to anything, just to protect against the terrible Russians.