Overspending on Weapons...

| Wed Jan. 25, 2006 7:05 PM EST

Here's a great headline from the AP:

U.S. says Venezuela spending too much for military items.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Venezuela is planning a "buying spree" for military equipment that goes beyond the country's legitimate needs, the State Department said Friday.

In recent days, the United States has sought to block proposed sales of military planes and other equipment to Venezuela by Spain and Brazil.

The transactions are part of what "we would consider an outsized military buildup in Venezuela," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said. In other news, the Pentagon's latest Quadrennial Defense Review is out, and as Noah Schachtman notes, it's chock full of proposals for multi-billion dollar weapons systems to prepare for some future war or other with China…

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