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Disturbed by the bellicose United States

Iranian Prime Minister Mohammed Mosaddegh was ousted by

Iranian Prime Minister Mohammed Mosaddegh was ousted by a U.S.-backed coup. Above, the democratically elected politician rides on the shoulders of cheering Iranians in Tehran's Majlis Square on Sept. 27, 1951.

Columnist Ted R. Bromund correctly criticizes those who compare defense budgets of various nations to show that the United States spends too much on defense [“A cliché about military spending”].

Bromund rightly states that unverified clichés about the magnitude of U.S. military spending are a weak form of argument, and that U.S. dollars buy far less in U.S.-made armaments than the same spending in poorer countries.

However, he’s incorrect about how much the United States needs to spend to be secure from other nations that might threaten us. He ignores other clichés that are implicit in his opinion.

The most important cliché is that the United States spends a “defense” budget. I prefer to call it an “aggression” budget. The United States has had many tens of thousands of military personnel stationed in other countries for decades.

The United States violates the sovereignty of small nations, overtly and covertly, countries that neither had the means or intent to attack us. People in our government helped topple elected governments in Iran, Chile and Guatemala. We supply small arms to rebel groups around the world.

Robert M. Goldberg, Jericho