The defense spending discrepancy between the USA, Israel and Iran. What could be the reason?

To me this is a good indication of how militaristic the nation of Iran truly is.  According to this article, Iran spends 110$ per person in Iran on defense.  That amounts to (70 million X 110$) 7.7 billion dollars a year.  The article also states that Israel spends 1,737$ per person in Israel.  That amounts to (7.241 million X 1,737$)  12.6 billion dollars.  Of course, they are both far behind the USA which spends 1796$ per USA person, amounting to (301 million X 1796$) 540 billion dollars. 

The area of Israel is 20,770 square kilometers.  That means that it is spending (12.6 billion dollars/20,770) 607,000$ to defend a square kilometer of its land. 

The area of Iran is 1.648 million square kilometers.  That means Iran is spending (7.7 billion dollars/1.648 million) 4,672 dollars to defend a square kilometer of its land.

The area of the USA is 9.826 million square kilometers.  That means the USA is spending (540 billion dollars/9.826 million) 55,000 dollars to defend a square kilometer of its land.

So, let me get this straight.  The USA is spending about 70 times more money on defense than Iran, and about 45 times more money on defense than Israel.  Israel is spending about 1.64 times more money on defense than Iran. 

Per capita, the USA is spending 16 times more than Iran and Israel is spending 15.8 times more than Iran on defense.

Per square kilometer of land, the USA spends 11.8 times that which Iran spends, while Israel spends 130 times the amount Iran spends of defense. 

Hmmm.  What is the explanation for this huge difference in spending between these three nations where Israel and the USA spend so much more than Iran does on defense?  Wait, I’ve got it.  The USA and Israel have to spend a lot more money because they also have to budget for offensive operations and empire building while Iran (which has not attacked another nation since the current nation of Iran has existed) needs only to spend money on defending its borders since it is not involved in empire building! 

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19348.htm

The article from IRNA:

Iran’s defense expenditure per capita remains among the lowest in the Middle East region despite having the second highest population behind Egypt, according to the new publication of Military Balance.The 2008 edition said that Iran’s total defense spending for 2006, the latest available, was nearly 55 percent less that Israel’s, despite having ten times the population of the Zionist entity.

Per capita, Israeli regime’s expenditure was calculated to be nearly 17 times higher at an average of $1,737 per person compared with only $110 for each Iranian.

Israel’s military spending was shown to be the second highest in the world and only $59 per capita behind the U.S., excluding Qatar, which only has a population of less than one million.

Even as a proportion of GDP, Iran’s defense expenditure of 3.3 percent was found to be well less than half of Israel’s 7.9 percent, which is among the highest in the world and even more than the U.S.

Publishers of Military Balance, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), reported that Tel Aviv had increased its proposed defense budget for 2007 following its invasion of Lebanon in the previous summer.

Under a new agreement with the U.S., it also said Washington was providing Israeli regime with a $30 billion package of Foreign Military Financing between 2009 and 2018, an increase amounting to around 25 percent more than in the previous ten-year period.

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10 Responses to “The defense spending discrepancy between the USA, Israel and Iran. What could be the reason?”


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  2. 2 You're such an idiot September 27, 2009 at 8:38 am

    Only one of these three countries has threatened to wipe the existence of another off the map. That’s Iran and nothing is more obvious then which one of these three is a repressive, maniacal theocracy hell bent on nuclear attainment. What the hell is wrong with people like you? Go join the Taliban where you belong you piece of shit.

  3. 3 theradicalmormon September 27, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Iran never threatened such a thing as is obvious if you look at what the true translation of Ahmadinejad’s speech said. The “hell-bent on attainment of nuclear” part, I assume is your reference of the theory of a nuclear weapons program in Iran? That has not been proven yet. I have serious doubts about it as the same people are accusing this of Iran that said Iraq had WMDs. There is just no substantial evidence. This is what is wrong with people like me. We like to look at the evidence rather than to listen to the propaganda that the USA spews like it was going out of style. It is my hope that you will do the same.

    • 4 Sarah May 12, 2011 at 8:01 am

      Whatever you say about Iran, no one is threatening to destroy them just for existing, in contrast with Israel, which is the only place Jewish people can go if people start killing them again. My own family was ejected from Spain in 1492, and moved to Poland, only to be threatened again in 1905 when the Catholic bishop told the townspeople to kill all the Jews. We were lucky to have made it to the United States, and millions were not so lucky. Look at the death toll of the holocaust in Poland alone. It wasn’t just Hitler who wanted us dead, it was many of the Poles themselves. They “helped.” I would think a Mormon would be more understanding of people wanting a homeland.

      • 5 theradicalmormon June 29, 2011 at 3:58 am

        Sarah,
        I understand people wanting a homeland, but not killing and expelling the current inhabitants of the land in order to achieve it. Now the tables are turned and it is the Arab Palestinians who are being denied their homeland and who wander as refugees in foreign lands (7 million of them in fact).

  4. 6 fatima June 28, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    yes, the Jews were oppressed for years and years and had no homeland, but would that justify their actions against palestenians?
    occupying their land and kicking them out of their own terretory.
    The Zionist are doing the same thing to the arabs that happened to them long time ago.

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