Standing Army by Parenti, Enrico & Fazi, Thomas
Political and Historical Relevance
With the election of the first black president in the USA, Barack Obama, many people thought a lot of things would change, especially concerning the military budgets. As some of the graphics in the documentary show the military budget has only increased, despite the economic crisis. The yearly budget for military spending is now comparable to the amount reserved to tackle the negative effects of the financial crisis, while there are no actual wars fought. The Military-Industrial Complex and the US Standing Army are a big factor in this contradiction. Is the US economy so dependent on the weapons industry? Are Standing Armies a new form of Colonialism? Or is there another underlying reason for all these US military outposts around the world?