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Dollars, turned into a weapon. American money against Russia

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US military officials and congressmen are discussing the future military budget of the state. This budget may be the largest in all stories USA. In fact, multi-billion dollar spending is directed against Russia. It was Russia that became the number one scarecrow for carriers of advanced liberal thought.




At the 2019 fiscal year, the Pentagon demands (or, as the American press puts it, it asks) the US defense budget of US $ 716 from the US Congress

Such a budget, if approved and accepted, will break records in the history of US military budgets.

Recall that the fiscal year in the United States begins on October 1, and therefore there is still plenty of time for debate and discussion. Of course, there will be changes. The military budget is usually not accepted. We must, by the way, remember that Mr. McCain and his associates hawks believe that President Trump is doing a good thing, arming his homeland, but he spends on weapons unacceptably little!

Surprisingly, the main "enemy" of America, that is, Russia, spends on its defense, if we count in dollars, in rounds 46 billions. Indicators are simply incommensurable. It should be remembered that Russia has an economic crisis, oil is not as expensive as in 2013, and Western sanctions are still in effect, including against the military-industrial complex of Russia. Therefore, defense spending in the Russian Federation is generally under a big question: if oil becomes cheaper, these expenses will inevitably fall. In the United States, with the new militaristic policy of Mr. Trump, copying Reagan's militarism, expenses will rise rather than fall. Did the Russians so intimidate the peaceful Americans with their military bases all over the planet?

Apparently, yes. Russians seem to the Pentagon to be a truly terrible enemy. In the Pentagon, and do not hide: the United States, military officials say, you need to keep the military "advantages" over Russia, but also over China. Naturally, the preservation of "benefits" free does not happen.

The budgetary request of the Ministry of Defense for 2019 year, released on Monday, caused an increase in salaries of 2,6 percent, a modest increase in the final benefits of services and major rehabilitation programs aimed at preserving the US influence on China and Russia.

In fact, if you look at the numbers, the build-up of the military budget does not seem significant. In comparison with the last fiscal year, it is planned to increase the defense budget by 2,6 percent, notes Military.com. However, this is more than what President Trump himself proposed for the new fiscal 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 associated, among other things, with a significant increase in the money allowance for the US military. The US Department of Defense expects that a moderate increase in military salaries will continue in the short term and will even correspond to the growth of private sector personnel incomes. This is reported in the open budget documents of the Pentagon. In the 2019 fiscal year, for example, it is planned to increase the salary of sergeants by 1.169 dollars per year.

The alleged increase in the number of staff is also reported. The US Air Force will numerically “grow” by 4.000. The total number of Air Force personnel will be 329.100 people. 4.000 active personnel will also receive ground forces in order to increase their forces to 487.500 people. In the naval navy 7.500 people will be added, and the total number of sailors will be 335,4 people. Finally, the Marine Corps will receive 1.100 people, and in total the number of these forces will increase to 186.100 people.

The National Guard will increase its strength slightly, by 500 people.

If the Pentagon’s document is approved by both the White House and the US Congress, then a budget request of $ 716 billion for 2019 will provide funding for the construction of ten ships for the Navy, including three missile destroyers, two Virginia-class submarines and one vessel.

There will also be funded the creation of more 400 new aircraft, including seventy-seven F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, twenty-four F / A-18 E Super Hornet, sixty AH-64 Apache helicopters and sixty-eight UH-60 Black Hawk aircraft.

In total, the newspaper notes, for two financial years 1,4 trillion will be allocated in the form of military funding. dollars to create lethal weapons and increase the capacity of the armed forces. This was announced by Secretary of Defense J. Mattis during his trip to Europe to a meeting on security issues. According to Mattis, thanks to the budget decisions of Congress and the President, the United States will again have “primacy” among the armed forces of the world. The Minister of Defense also spoke about plans to increase the number of troops, the development of cyber operations and the purchase of more ammunition.

Of the estimated 716 billions of dollars, about 30 billions of dollars will go to the needs of the Department of Energy and other institutions that contribute to national defense. About $ 617 billion is planned to allocate in the form of the basic budget of the Pentagon. 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 dollars - on agreements on security cooperation concluded by the United States with a number of countries.

As President Trump said earlier, the US defense budget “provides resources to strengthen missile defense and build aircraft, tanks"warships and cyber-tools, with the help of which those brave men and women who defend us will restrain aggression and, if necessary, enter the battle and win." Trump emphasized increasing monetary allowances for “brave men and women,” saying that this is “the most important thing”.

Regarding the promotion of his budget, Trump, seeing how well the case is going, said this to his protege Mattis “Mad Dog”, but he did not hide his joy by publicly stating (almost in the manner of Hillary Clinton): “Wow, I don’t I can believe: we got everything we wanted! ”(Wow - I can't get it!)

Thus, we see that the Pentagon will have 6,5 a billion dollars to contain Russia - that is how much it will go to support the European Defense Initiative (otherwise - to strengthen NATO). Amount against the general budget is almost that 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 the Americans consider to be their allies, in aggregate, ”the newspaper reminded "Sight" military expert Alexei Leonkov.

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 a recreation of military bases, the installation of new observation posts, equipment. These are reconnaissance flights and so on.

However, in reality, 6,5 billion is far from everything that “specifically” is intended for Russia. After all, it is not by chance that Americans are thinking about resuming the practice of equipping cruise missiles with nuclear warheads (for example, the Tomahawks). Alexey Leonkov says the following about this: “To do this, you need money: The Pentagon plans to get 16 billion dollars. Additional funds will be spent on resuscitation of other programs with medium-range, sea-based cruise missiles, and, possibly, land-based (although they are prohibited by the INF Treaty). ” In fact, the Pentagon wants to return to the practice of the 1980-ies, when there was a concept of a strike on the USSR with the help of cruise nuclear missiles. And this is where the sum of more than 20 billion arises - just as much is expected to be spent on the modernization of missiles.

It is appropriate to say here about the US Navy: an increase in the number of fleets. The expert recalls the "Arly Burke" and submarines of the class "Virginia". “We need to understand, again, that these are primarily 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, will soon begin regular flights along our borders) we need tanker aircraft. Hence the corresponding requirement to purchase KC-46 tankers, ”Leonkov believes.

It turns out, we note that Trump, copying the strategy of his idol Reagan, puts the policy cart before the horse of the economy. While under Reagan, the United States did not have such huge public debts, and production was in no hurry to move to fraternal China, today defense spending will obviously be financed in the old-fashioned way - by raising the borrowing ceiling. Reagan just became the president at which the US national debt jumped sharply. Economists define 1980s as the period when the volume of US public debt grew much faster than GDP. Later, in the 2000s, the gap between GDP dynamics and public debt growth widened further. This was due to the wars that President Bush unleashed.

As a result, the new increase in military spending in the United States will lead to an increase in both public debt and budget deficit. With regard to inflation, the weakening of the dollar has recently glorified the US Treasury Secretary.

In short, the American hegemon is ready to go for anything, just to protect itself from the terrible Russian.

Observed and commented on Oleg Chuvakin
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  1. Alber
    Alber 19 February 2018 07: 02
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    US national debt of about 18 trillion?
    1. zxc15682
      zxc15682 19 February 2018 07: 10
      +11
      It doesn’t care anyway no one will require a return of debts, on the contrary they will still give loans. laughing
      1. 210ox
        210ox 19 February 2018 08: 53
        +4
        That's it. What are you rushing about with this public debt. How many would not be so much and will be printed ... And they will buy and give.
        1. Petr1968
          Petr1968 19 February 2018 17: 55
          0
          Quote: 210ox
          That's it. What are you rushing about with this public debt. How many would not be so much and will be printed ... And they will buy and give.

          Maybe we can print wagons of money, it's so simple, right?)))))
          1. Igor V
            Igor V 19 February 2018 18: 26
            +2
            Quote: Petr1968

            Maybe we can print wagons of money, it's so simple, right?)))))

            Only the Central Bank has the right to print money, and it is independent of no one in Russia. Moreover, he does not have the right to finance our government, but he has the ability to lend to others.
      2. Stirbjorn
        Stirbjorn 19 February 2018 14: 53
        +1
        Quote: zxc15682
        It doesn’t care anyway no one will require a return of debts, on the contrary they will still give loans.

        This is a classic at one time well described, so to say remark, to any article about the American public debt laughing
        A minute later, Schweik returned with a persistent gentleman. The gentleman looked grimly.
        “Have a seat,” the feldkurate suggested affectionately. “We are just finishing dinner.” They just ate lobster and salmon, and now they have switched to scrambled eggs with ham. Why not roll up when there are people in the world lending us money?
      3. Arikkhab
        Arikkhab 21 February 2018 14: 24
        0
        who knows, who knows ... in about 20 years, if not earlier than China surpasses the US in military power, and then they may be asked to pay off bonds ... it is not in vain that China puts China on one side with the Russian Federation ...
    2. Vladivostok1969
      Vladivostok1969 19 February 2018 09: 11
      +1
      The national debt last year exceeded 20 trillion.
    3. Redfox3k
      Redfox3k 19 February 2018 11: 57
      +2
      18-20 trillion. This is official government debt, with regard to the total debt of the United States, then - 60-70 trillion. It’s easier for them all in ruin than to give such money.
  2. Mikhail m
    Mikhail m 19 February 2018 07: 31
    +9
    If that’s not enough, Russia will add. More precisely, not Russia, but liberals in power.
    1. Ascetic
      Ascetic 19 February 2018 08: 50
      +7
      Quote: Mikhail M
      If that’s not enough, Russia will add. More precisely, not Russia, but liberals in power.

      Russia ranks 15th in the world in terms of the volume of American treasuries between Belgium and Korea. The main holders of US debt papers China and Japan, all the rest are an order of magnitude behind.
      link
      The reason the Central Bank of the Russian Federation generally holds part of international reserves in US Treasury bonds, it’s simple: to ensure international trade and to pay off foreign debts, we need a significant airbag, more precisely in dollars. It is the safest to store dollars precisely in treasury bonds, all other forms of storage are either less liquid or less reliable.
      Monetary gold reserves are constantly replenished, which in the structure of gold reserves reaches 20%.
      According to the results of 2017, monetary gold reserves in the international reserves of Russia increased by 13,9% (+ 223,95 tons) and amounted to 1 million ounces (2018 tons) as of January 59,1, 1838,22. At present, Russia is at its sixth the largest gold reserve in the world. According to experts, in the first quarter of 2018, Russia can overtake China in this indicator, in the storage of which there are now 1842 tons of gold,

      Russia significantly increased its gold reserves
      Gold reserves in Russia and in 10 countries of the world 2016 - 2017.
      1. Stas157
        Stas157 19 February 2018 10: 08
        +11
        Quote: Ascetic

        Russia is on the 15th place in the world in the volume of American treasuries between Belgium and Korea.

        And where else is Russia located, if the economy is at the level of Mexico (in absolute GDP)? But, the fact is that American papers (which can freeze at any moment, for example, Kazakhstan) contain twice as much money as they spend on defense.
        Here you repeated someone else's training manual about why it is necessary to invest in the US economy by buying its paper, which we are carefully explaining to us at various pro-Putin media. Answer a simple question. Why did the USSR not do this, since this was such an urgent need?
        1. Arikkhab
          Arikkhab 21 February 2018 14: 30
          0
          absolute GDP - a very tricky indicator ... And about Mexico got excited "a little"

          https://www.awaragroup.com/ru/blog/despite-sancti
          ons-russias-gdp-shoots-over-4-trillion /
        2. Arikkhab
          Arikkhab 21 February 2018 14: 40
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          In the post-war period, the Soviet Union established itself as a model borrower in a timely and full repaying loan. Until 1983, the external debt of the USSR did not exceed $ 5 billion. However, it should be noted that at this time the USSR rarely resorted to foreign loans, preferring to rely on its own resources. The USSR returned to more or less active borrowing in the mid-1960s. As a rule, such loans were provided by private banks for certain projects implemented with the participation of Western companies. For example, in 1966 7 loan agreements were signed in the amount of 450 million rubles. The money went primarily to the construction of the VAZ. And in the 1970s, 11 billion credit dollars flowed into the gas industry. Since 1984, a gradual increase in the debt obligations of the USSR begins. In 1986, the amount of external loans exceeded $ 30 billion, and in 1989, external debt reached already $ 50 billion. After the collapse of the USSR, ten republics that declared themselves successors of the USSR signed a memorandum confirming joint responsibility for the external debt of the Soviet Union. However, on April 2, 1993, the government of the Russian Federation announced that Russia, as the successor of the USSR, assumed all the obligations of the former Union republics to pay off the external debt of a decaying state. In exchange, the CIS countries were supposed to abandon their share in foreign assets of the USSR. So Russia got all the external Soviet debt in the amount of $ 96,6 billion.

          Source: Leading Creditors of the USSR
          © Russian Seven russian7.ru
      2. SPACE
        SPACE 19 February 2018 10: 09
        +2
        Quote: Ascetic
        The reason why the Central Bank of the Russian Federation generally holds part of the international reserves in US treasury bonds is simple:

        For most patriots it's still difficult fool they are sure that Putin is an American agent assigned to rule Russia to ruin it, and to transfer all the money and resources belonging to local patriots to America. request At the same time, the Americans themselves claim that Putin is evil, he interfered in their elections and appointed his agent as president of the United States, for which they actually imposed sanctions. To which patriots of sanity, in their opinion, argue that the Americans are helping Putin in this, maintain his high rating among the people what in order for him to stay in power longer and continue to transfer money to the USA, respectively, Crimea and Donbass and Syria are CIA CPS, then when the race falls apart into uluses and counties, Crimea with a bridge will still be given to the Americans.
        And that, I must say, is quite logical yes and believable, and when you consider that in Russia the collapse in everything except oil and gas and the poor people, then this is generally direct evidence and proof of their correctness good But the Americans were mistaken, the people of Russia are so smart that you can’t get them into all kinds of HHP, they have already figured out the enemy’s machinations and will now vote for Grudinin and he will be happy fellow
        1. Stas157
          Stas157 19 February 2018 11: 00
          +11
          Quote: SPACE
          For most patriots, it’s still difficult. Fool they’re sure that Putin is an American agent appointed to rule Russia to ruin it, and all the money and resources, owned by local patriots, transported to America.

          You're wrong! Not everyone! According to statistics, in Russia 1% of parasites belongs to 80% of the wealth of our immense. So to themselves, the Kremlin leaves more.
          1. SPACE
            SPACE 19 February 2018 11: 25
            +1
            Quote: Stas157
            You're wrong! Not everyone! According to statistics, in Russia 1% of parasites belongs to 80% of the wealth of our immense. So to themselves, the Kremlin leaves more.

            But you think that all the natural resources should belong to you. So I said everything correctly. Well, who, to whom and how much, transfers your wealth or leaves to himself, I don’t know, enlighten the people?
        2. SPACE
          SPACE 20 February 2018 04: 29
          +1
          Quote: SPACE
          For most patriots .....

          This is the logic of the modern Russian "patriot" fool lol wassat laughing
      3. Lexus
        Lexus 19 February 2018 13: 49
        +10
        Major US Debt Holders China and Japan

        China "earns" dollars by selling "junk" around the world, and spends them on technology, equipment and raw materials. Russia, on the other hand, “earns” by selling natural resources, and spends, buying just “junk”, low-quality products and luxury goods for the pseudo-elite (palaces, yachts, planes and other “tsatskis”). Feel the difference, as they say.
        1. Arikkhab
          Arikkhab 21 February 2018 14: 44
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          compare the volumes and structure of exports - imports of the Russian Federation and China
  3. slavaseven
    slavaseven 19 February 2018 07: 43
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    The machine will be turned on, paper will be printed, debts will be handed out. They will find resources for themselves, if there would be lands / countries / states from where they can be pumped out. And given the growth of the "military", the "rocking chair" can be opened anywhere.
    1. siberalt
      siberalt 19 February 2018 11: 11
      +3
      While oil is sold for dollars, no collapse of this reserve currency will not wait. lol
  4. alex-cn
    alex-cn 19 February 2018 07: 43
    +1
    "the military" advantages "must be preserved over Russia, but also over China."

    To kill Russia with military power is real, China is possible, but totally unrealistic, no budgets will be enough.
  5. Gardamir
    Gardamir 19 February 2018 08: 15
    +11
    As a result, a new increase in military spending in the US will lead to an increase in both public debt and budget deficit.
    Not scary. Russia will help with money.
  6. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 19 February 2018 08: 32
    +2
    Russia has become the number one scarecrow for carriers of advanced liberal thought.
    And as a result, the United States is increasing the sale of its weapons. The American military-industrial complex is thrilled. Keep it up and it doesn’t matter that one step closer to the war.
  7. Vladivostok1969
    Vladivostok1969 19 February 2018 09: 14
    +1
    The more weapons, the more likely it is to blaze on an adult.
  8. prior
    prior 19 February 2018 10: 26
    +1
    It is good that the Americans do not take into account the bitter experience of the collapse of the USSR, which blew up the navel due to the exorbitant military budget. American "perestroika" will naturally bear fruit. Guns instead of oil, as is familiar.
    ,
  9. Stalingradpobeda
    Stalingradpobeda 19 February 2018 10: 32
    0
    Things are bad for Russia. Inevitably, a skating rink is approaching, which will crush Russia.
    1. Vladivostok1969
      Vladivostok1969 19 February 2018 10: 42
      +1
      Quote: Stalingradpobeda
      Inevitably, a skating rink is approaching, which will crush Russia.

      The wheels will be lowered.
      1. Stalingradpobeda
        Stalingradpobeda 19 February 2018 10: 46
        +1
        I would like that too. But, with the military, economic power and treachery of the United States, for a long time Russia will not be able to hold the defense.
  10. Stalingradpobeda
    Stalingradpobeda 19 February 2018 10: 49
    0
    The United States declared a quiet war to Russia. They are fighting on all fronts, investing a lot of money in it.
  11. flicker
    flicker 19 February 2018 11: 49
    +1
    In total, the newspaper notes, for two financial years in the form of military financing 1,4 trillion will be allocated. dollars to create lethal weapons and increase the potential of the armed forces. This was announced by Secretary of Defense J. Mattis during his trip to Europe for a meeting on security issues. According to Mattis, thanks to the budget decisions of Congress and the President, the United States will again have a "primacy" among the armed forces of the world.
    The Pentagon is becoming an independent elite player in the United States, pushing into the background (simply put: bending down) bankers and financiers.
    1. sib.ataman
      sib.ataman 19 February 2018 12: 23
      +1
      You very much, sir, are mistaken about the Pentagon and the Banks. These are Amerz banks and are the main owners of the striped military-industrial complex. This is beneficial for them, so that military budgets are inflated, they will get all the profit! Do you not think that money is deposited in the safes of the generals? The militarist is only the executor of the globalist predatory plans of world capital (not in the figurative sense of the word). And all sorts of “peace-loving” Amerz warriors quickly leave the stage if they blow the wrong tune. It is to capital that it is beneficial that wars do not stop; military products are the most expensive and most demanded while wars are ongoing.
      And in occasion of everything was lost in Russia, you can only sympathize with the narrowness of view. Comrade You are not looking through the embrasure ?!
      1. flicker
        flicker 19 February 2018 12: 59
        +1
        This is great
        And in occasion of everything was lost in Russia, you can only sympathize with the narrowness of view. Comrade You are not looking through the embrasure ?!
        just try to project it all on yourself and you will be guaranteed success.
  12. Altona
    Altona 19 February 2018 11: 59
    +1
    The United States surprisingly began to copy the USSR of the 1980s when the Soviet Union decided to start a large-scale arms race. I wish the US to tear financially.
    1. Evgeny Goncharov (smoogg)
      Evgeny Goncharov (smoogg) 21 February 2018 00: 13
      0
      they have defense spending in relative terms lower than ours. Do not believe me - you can compare the budget structure.
  13. yehat
    yehat 19 February 2018 12: 27
    0
    in the article they try to compare the costs of the Russian Federation and the USA.
    but it is pointless. lobbying is simply the increase in US military spending.
    1. flicker
      flicker 19 February 2018 13: 06
      +1
      Quote: yehat
      in the article they try to compare the costs of the Russian Federation and the USA.
      but it is pointless. lobbying is simply the increase in US military spending.

      And the article can be viewed from a different angle: someone (namely the Pentagon in alliance with the criticized Trump) begins to dictate (before it was the other way around) his will to the US financial elite. Those. split of the elites.
  14. vladimirvn
    vladimirvn 19 February 2018 12: 33
    +1
    Another round of the arms race, with the goal of undermining our economy, and ultimately the country.
  15. RL
    RL 19 February 2018 13: 59
    +2
    Speaking about the gigantic US military budget, one should not forget that money from this budget is not only for the purchase of weapons, but the price of the finished product consists of cash costs for the labor of engineers and workers of the entire production chain starting from design and ending with the transfer of the product to buyer's hands. Can you imagine how many people work in the field of arms production? These are academics and engineers and miners and drivers and machine operators and assemblers, etc. etc., and the last cleaner at the enterprise. From their salaries, prices for energy and materials, the price of weapons is obtained. And these workers in the US are not very weak salary. Add to this the salaries of servicemen. And the "gigantic" US military budget will come to you.
  16. Stalingradpobeda
    Stalingradpobeda 19 February 2018 14: 13
    0
    The United States is becoming a serious military force that will soon overshadow the whole world. Poor Russia
  17. vomag
    vomag 19 February 2018 22: 52
    0
    and sixty-eight UH-60 Black Hawk aircraft.Here's what the article says .... tell me how? Why is nobody seeing this?