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[–] WanderingMitten 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

It's a deterrent much like the US Military budget. It sucks that it has to be so much but the reason it has to be so much is because without the lynchpin known as the US Military, we can't be safe. If we show weakness the enemy will take advantage of it and so we are forced to show our potential force by continuously strengthening our military.