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The choice really isn't tat hard: Money talks

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Submitted by Michael S (United States), Dec 21, 2015 at 17:34

Hi, Steven

All the big players (Western League) seem to be in on this one: The USA, Russia, the UK Britain, France, Germany, Turkey and Israel. China, India, S. Korea and Japan (the "Eastern League") are sitting it out. The others (including the Iranians) are watching from the sidelines, waiting to see what happens while lending token support here and there. With this lineup, you can see who has the advantage:

Annual Defense Budget, $Million:

USA. -- 577,100
Saudi Arabia --56,725
UK Britain -- 51,500
Germany -- 40,200
France -- 40,000
Italy -- 34,000
Australia -- 26,100
Turkey -- 18,185
Israel -- 17,000
Canada --15,700
U Arab Emirates -- 14,375
Colombia -- 12,145
Spain -- 11,600

vs.

Russia -- 60,400

Iran and Syria are far behind, in another league; and they are certainly no friends of Israel. So, whose side should Israel take? Notice that the US spends as much on defense as all the rest put together; so if Obama backs Turkey, Israel will back Turkey. Money talks.

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