Curious that Crossroads GPS, the Karl Rove-ran organization behind the "New Majority Agenda" SuperPAC ads running, complains about skyrocketing debt and never once on its website mentions the hundreds of billions of dollars that could be saved if we dismantled Team America World Police.
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001:
Cost of War in Iraq:
Cost of War in Afghanistan:
Comparison of military expenditures by country
Policy Basics: Where Do Our Federal Tax Dollars Go?
Defense and international security assistance: In 2011, 20 percent of the budget, or $718 billion, paid for defense and security-related international activities. The bulk of the spending in this category reflects the underlying costs of the Department of Defense and other security-related activities. The total also includes the cost of supporting operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, funding for which totaled $159 billion in 2011.
The ad complains about $4 billion in debt every single day. What it never dares to mention is that half of that is thrown into the military industry. Having spent a combined year in Saudi Arabia and Iraq as a member of the Air Force and a year in Afghanistan as a DoD contractor / "war profiteer", I can tell you we're not getting great value for our money, and we're not accomplishing much at all. The only thing our military is accomplishing, all over the world, is to piss people off. But you'd never hear the "New Majority Agenda" say a single thing about that, probably because their deep-pocketed backers are the same ones actually profiting heavily off of the American global baseworld.
For anybody interested to learn just how badly we're screwing up our future financially and with respect to foreign policy, have a read of some of the excellent books on American global policy by the late Chalmers Johnson.
Blowback, Second Edition: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire
The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic (The American Empire Project)
Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic (American Empire Project)
Whether you support the American military empire (in which case you probably don't call it an empire) or you're horrified by our largely unsuccessful 60+ years of military adventurism, you should read those books.