How would you like to receive email telling you to prepare for your husband's homecoming? Oops - you found out last week that your husband was killed in Iraqistan? Sorry.
Piche (the new widow) said there are constant reminders about the homecomings. She was inadvertently sent an e-mail that went out to the spouses in her husband's unit. She e-mailed back, asking to be taken off the list.
Yeah, attention to detail for the whole dead-spouses-probably-won't-need-a-homecoming-party would probably be a good idea. I thought we got that with our gargantuan military budget, which is almost as much as the rest of the worlds' militaries combined - the rest of the worlds' militaries combined. Here's a brief snapshot - figures for some countries are a year or two are out of date - which means a lot to the U.S. - because W took office and the Repugnicans took control of all three branches - but not so much for other countries not fighting the never-ending global war on brown, non-Christian people - I mean terrorists:
Selected Countries Military Budget
United States 399.1 Russia* 65.0 China* 47.0 Japan 42.6 United Kingdom 38.4 France 29.5 Germany 24.9 Saudi Arabia 21.3 Italy 19.4 India 15.6 South Korea 14.1 Brazil* 10.7 Taiwan* 10.7 Israel 10.6 Spain 8.4 Australia 7.6 Canada 7.6 Netherlands 6.6 Turkey 5.8 Mexico 5.9 Kuwait* 3.9 Ukraine 5.0 Iran* 4.8 Singapore 4.8 Sweden 4.5 Egypt* 4.4 Norway 3.8 Greece 3.5 Poland 3.5 Argentina* 3.3 United Arab Emirates* 3.1 Colombia* 2.9 Belgium 2.7 Pakistan* 2.6 Denmark 2.4 Vietnam 2.4 North Korea* 2.1 Czech Republic 1.6 Iraq* 1.4 Philippines 1.4 Portugal 1.3 Libya* 1.2 Hungary 1.1 Syria 1.0 Cuba* 0.8 Sudan* 0.6 Yugoslavia 0.7 Luxembourg 0.2