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but, .....I repeat myself.
Suppose you were a heartless bastard, and suppose you were a Republican, but, .....I repeat myself. Mark Twain
Sunday, January 11, 2004
 
Conservatives have been complaining that France carries far to much weight in international affairs, just by looking at the numbers one can't help but disagree. It has the third largest Military in the world (assuming that their is a relationship between military expenditures, efficiency & size), the fourth largest Nuclear Arsenal and the seventh largest economy in the world.

Rank Country Military expenditures - dollar figure Date of Information
1 United States $ 276,700,000,000 NA
2 China $ 55,910,000,000 FY02
3 France $ 46,500,000,000 2000
4 Japan $ 39,520,000,000 FY02
5 Germany $ 38,800,000,000 2002
6 United Kingdom $ 31,700,000,000 2002
7 Italy $ 20,200,000,000 2002
8 Saudi Arabia $ 18,300,000,000 NA
9 Brazil $ 13,408,000,000 NA
10 South Korea $ 13,094,300,000 FY02

Rank Country GDP Date of Information
1 World $ 49,000,000,000,000 2002 est.
2 United States $ 10,450,000,000,000 2002 est.
3 China $ 5,989,000,000,000 2002 est.
4 Japan $ 3,651,000,000,000 2002 est.
5 India $ 2,664,000,000,000 2002 est.
6 Germany $ 2,160,000,000,000 2002 est.
7 France $ 1,558,000,000,000 2002 est.
8 United Kingdom $ 1,528,000,000,000 2002 est.
9 Italy $ 1,455,000,000,000 2002 est.
10 Russia $ 1,409,000,000,000 2002 est.

List of countries in order of number of deployed weapons

  • United States - 10,450
  • Russia - 8,400
  • China - 400
  • France - 350
  • United Kingdom - 200
  • India - 60-90
  • Pakistan - 24-48

The Tables are from the CIA world fact book, the list is from WIKIPEDIA.




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