Understanding that having "some" sort of military is probably necessary.  However, is there a need for such a massive military? Historically speaking, having a large military was more practical once upon a time, when the world was less civilized, when the world's peace was susceptible to a random war-monger attempting to occupy any land that he (or she) pleases?

oh sh!t, funny thing is, as I'm typing this...it dawned on me that OUR president is part of the reason why every country should maintain a "proper" military. 

I intended to offer the idea...that the thought of spending so much on a "military" was starting to be archaic. I was starting to think that the world (in general) had reached a civilized point...thinking that we should only be occupying other country's with our military in justified peace-keeping missions, but even then I would expect to do that with other civilized peace keeping countries, lessening the need of having a massive, costly military...I was thinking that other than those "peace keeping, humanitarian missions" what other reason would we have to invade another country? But now, considering how my country (U.S.) conducts itself, it makes perfect sense for everyone to have a "proper" military, because you'll never know when another "Bush" will rise to power, anytime, anywhere...