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  1. #639542013-09-26 02:54:08 *Kirlyte said:
    Are you sure about that? Although Germany (And most European countries) give a higher percentage of GNI as financial aid the sheer numbers of the US make it hard to believe that we are lacking in charitability when it comes to foreign aid.

    Yes I know Germany Euro Union bailout etc. etc.

    For the sake of fairness:
    Of note are:
    1. Significantly larger military budget than amount of aid given (However, this is also true of virtually every country, though not to the extent of the US)
    2. Percent of GDP (US is 4.4%, Germany 1.4%, most European countries hover between 1 and 2%)
    3. Amount of money spent on upkeep, or maintaining the status quo compared to expansion (Cost of Iraq/Afghanistan is a separate budget and is not included, however the war in its current state very well falls under this category as well)
    4. Connected to "maintaining status quo": Sheer size of American Empire and the responsibilities that come with it.

    While the military budget is, indeed, sky high, very little of it is with the aim of "putting other countries under". And America is far from uncharitable in its foreign aid. Also, this is far from a new trend, as the US has always been (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dollar_Diplomacy) very generous when it comes to loans/financial aid for those it perceives to be allies, though it was very careful to ensure the security of its own interests (As all countries are)

    "Warmongering" is also laughable-like the citizens of any other country, Americans mostly feel that war is justified in two cases:
    1. American security/safety are threatened or perceived to be under direct attack
    2. Global stability is threatened due to ethical issues abroad that are deemed intolerable (Ex. Chemical weapons, tyrant rule resulting in large death count, etc.)

    Both invasions of Iraq can be attributed to this, as can Afghanistan and the potential war in Syria. For better or for worse the US politicians convinced the citizens that one, or both, of these scenarios were true (And gave convincing reasons to believe such). American citizens are no different than any other in this regard.

    Bonus: Polling of Americans and Germans on the potential war in Syria


    Also before accusations of US fanboy and such I am not necessarily supporting any of its spending or actions around the world whatsoever. I hold minimal political opinions of my own.