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Try looking by military budget instead. The US military budget is larger than the next few budgets combined. The most recent increase is bigger than the entire Russian military budget.

Yes, what other countries do with men in boots, the US attempts to do with technology. This seems to be only partially working. The US can bomb the hell out of people, but actually controlling any situation on the ground, it is not so good at.

It is often sufficient to US ends to merely depose a government and leave their country an ungovernable morass of violence for years, or else to let a local client do the hands-on work. There have been some high-profile failures, but nobody even pays attention to, like, Haiti, or Guatemala, or Libya, or wherever, where we've had our way without too much trouble.

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